Roanoke Colony, 1587
It is late 1587, Governor John White of England has just left his family and subjects behind in the newly established Roanoke colony to return to England. One hundred and fifteen English subjects, including women and children, have been abandoned in the uncharted wilderness of the New World. John White expects to return as soon as possible with more settlers and more instructions. The colonists are left without contact or supplies from the motherland and are forced to fend for themselves. Without their leader or a reliable food source, everything hangs in the balance. In addition, threats of violence approach from all sides. The Croatan tribe and other colonial powers covet the land the British have settled on. How will they build a society? Defend themselves? Ward off disease? And what will John White find when he returns?
The North American colonial project is an axial moment in the grand arc of world history, thereby having clear effects on politics, history, and culture. By understanding the motives and development of early British colonialism, delegates will gain knowledge of the founding of America as well as the institutions we hold sacred today. Delegates will be forced into the shoes of their predecessors, faced with basic problems such as supply and demand, population and disease control, and diplomatic relations. They will also have to come face to face with the dark legacy of colonialism and the treatment of indigenous people. Everything hangs in the balance.