ⓘ Edward Bland (explorer)
Edward Bland was an English explorer and merchant.
Bland was born in England, John and Susan soft and was one of several children. He was baptized on 5 Feb 1614 in St. Stephen street, ward Coleman. Soft about 1634 married his cousin Jane bland, daughter of his uncle, Gregory bland. They had one child together, Edward. He was sent to Virginia in 1646, his eldest brother, John, to look after the familys Land and Mercantile interests there, after the death of his younger brother Adam. After that, he began to acquire more Land and 1652 owned a significant amount on both banks of the James river.
In the summer of 1650 bland, accompanied by Abraham ESS, Sackford Brewster, Elias pennant, and Appamattoc guide named Pyancha expedition to the lands South of Virginia. The group had hoped to travel up the river Roanoke and overtake the area to study Ralph lane, but to no avail. Soft kept a record of the journey, which was first noted that the Occaneechi tribe was mentioned in English history. He also kept notes of earth, vegetation and other attractions. The group is believed to have gone to the city of Roanoke rapids, North Carolina, district, which is soft, dubbed "New Brittaine". On his return he published a pamphlet entitled the discovery of new Brittaine and successfully appealed to the General Assembly, to colonize the area.
Bland died in 1653, probably in his house. Shortly after his brother Theodorick bland traveled to Virginia to take control of the family interests.