National Geographic : 1987 Oct
Impressions of an early visitor ENGLISH COLONIAL leaderJohn White chronicledthe fishingskills of Outer Banks natives in this drawing from the 1580s. In shallows between island and mainland,Indians use spears, dip nets, and a weir to harvest crabs, bluefish, hammerheadsharks, and other sea life. A canoe fire aids nighttime fishing. White's map of the Outer Banks (below) includes "Roanoac"Island, at center, where in 1585 colonists attempted to establish the New World's first English settlement. Compared with a 1986 Landsatphotomosaic,his shore lines prove surprisinglyaccurate,consid ering White's crude instruments and the constantly changingland forms.