The town of Pomeiock, reproduced by Spencer Nichols from a 1585 watercolor by John White.

This illustration shows an Algonquian Indian village in what is now North Carolina. John White was an English colonist who sailed to North America in 1585, returning to England in 1586. In 1587 he became governor of the second attempt to create a colony at Roanoke. Despite White’s attempts to secure supplies for the second colony, it too failed.