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... <para>With land claimed in the New World, an expedition was mounted to establish a settlement. The first expedition failed. Led by Sir Richard Grenville in April 1585, it encompassed 600 men of which 105 remained in the colony while Grenville returned to England for additional provisions. (<emphasis role="ital">See</emphasis> <xref linkend="mul83"/>.) However, when almost a year passed without Grenville’s return, the remainder of the expeditionary force took advantage of Sir Francis Drake’s arrival to seek return passage to England. <footnote xml:id="mul74"> <para>It has been argued that the first expedition was not a failure. Richard Grenville did return to the colony with additional provisions not long after Drake’s departure, and he ordered 15 men, supposedly supplied for two years, to remain in the colony while he returned for new settlers. However, it is unknown whether these men were present to greet the subsequent expedition.</para> </footnote> </para> ...