Author: Ralph Lane


Ralph Lane on the Killing of Pemisapan; an excerpt from “An account of the particularities of the imployments of the English men left in Virginia” (1589)

In this excerpt of his account of the 1585–1586 English expedition to Roanoke Island, Ralph Lane explains how his men came to attack the Indian town of Dasemunkepeuc (referred to by Lane as Adesmocopeio) and kill its weroance, or chief, Pemisapan (Wingina). Lane believed Pemisapan was conspiring against the English and therefore saw his own attack at preemptive. Lane’s report was published in Richard Hakluyt (the younger)‘s Principall Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries of the English Nation (1589). Some spelling has been updated and contractions expanded.