ef 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, and the tenth of June in this present yeere, we were fallen with the Islands of the West Indies, keeping a more Southeasterly course then was needefull, because wee doubted that the current of the Bay of Mexico, disbogging betweene the Cape of Florida and Havana, had bene of greater force than afterwards we found it to bee. At which Islands we found the ayre very unwholesome, and our men grew for the most part ill disposed: so that having refreshed our selves with sweet water. & fresh victual