The following paragraph from page 96 of The Little Ice Age: How Climate
Made History1300-1850, a book by Brian Fagan, is the original source
for the summaries and paraphrases in the sentences below:
In 1565, Spanish colonies settled at Santa Elena on the South Carolina
coast during an exceptionally dry decade. The settlement struggled from the
beginning, then succumbed to a second, even more severe drought in 1587-9. The
capital of Spanish Florida was moved to Saint Augustine. The evacuation came
as British colonists were trying to establish a settlement at Roanoke Island,
North Carolina, to the north. The Roanoke colonists were last seen by their
British compatriots on August 22, 1587, at the height of the driest growing
season in eight hundred years. Even as their compatriots departed, the colony's
native American neighbors were concerned about the poor condition of their crops.
The drought persisted for two more years and created a serious food crisis both
for the local Croatan people and the colonists. Since the latter were heavily
dependent on the Croatan, this very dependence must have aggravated already
serious food shortages. Many historians have criticized the Roanoke colony for
poor planning and for a seeming indifference to how they were going to feed
themselves in the face of apparent disinterest from England. But even the best
planned colony would have been challenged by the 1587-89 drought.
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