Amidas, Philip, 1550-1618
Navigator; was of a Breton family in France, but was born in Hull, England, in 1550.
When Raleigh sent two ships to America in 1584, the chief command was given to Arthur Barlow, who commanded one of the vessels, and Philip Amidas the other.
They were directed to explore the coasts within the parallels of lat. 32° and 38° N. They touched at the Canary Islands, the West Indies, and Florida, and made their way northward along the coast.
On July 13, 1584, they entered Ocrakoke Inlet, and landed on Wocoken Island.
There Barlow set up a small column with the British arms rudely carved upon it, and took formal possession of the whole region in the name of Queen Elizabeth, as he waved the English banner over it in the presence of the wondering natives.
They spent several weeks in exploring Roanoke Island and Pamlico and Albemarle sounds.
On Roanoke Island the Englishmen were entertained by the mother of King Wingini, who was absent, and were hospitably r