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What Happened To The Lost Colony Of Roanoke Island? 2 Strong Evidence Theories

Have you heard of the much famed “Lost Colony” of the Roanoke Island? Well, if you have, the mystery has some new evidence, since; the researchers have come up with 2 theories.

But, before acknowledging you with the 2 theories, here is an account of the story which led to the “Lost Colony”-

The year 1587, witnessed Englishman John White, leading more than 100 men, women and kids to find a permanent English colony. This entire group, settled on Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina. The same year, he headed back to England to bring back more supplies. However, he got caught amidst the war of England and Spain. It took him almost 3 years to finally arrive on the island on August 18, 1590, simply to find the colony abandoned and looted. The word “Croatoan” was found carved on a post, and the letters “CRO” were etched into a tree trunk.

There have been many speculations with regard to the exploration of the truth, however, till date nothing has been found out.

john-white-tree(Photo by Stock Montage/Getty Images)

Until, recently when two independent teams got hands on archeological reminiscent which indicated that there is a possibility that some of the Roanoke colonists, have survived.

baptism-of-virginia-dareBaptism of Virginia Dare, White's granddaughter and the first English child born in the New World. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The two teams are in different places, with two different sets of evidence-

  • Cape Creek in Hatterras, southeast of Roanoke Island settlement-it was the site of the pertinent Croatoan town center and center of trading. The archeologists from East Carolina University found- a 10 carat Gold signet with a lion or a horse inscribed. It is believed to belong to the 16th Later, Mark Horton, Bristol University of Britain, pursued annual excavation post 2009. Quite recently, he found a small piece of slate, which might have been utilized as a writing tablet, hilt of an iron rapier, a light sword, and some more artifacts of European and Native American origin. Then, there was found an iron bar and a large copper block, which date to the late 1500s. In accordance with what Horton told National Geographic, some items do belong to trade, but there is a probability that others actually did belong to the Roanoke colonist. He said-“The evidence is that they assimilated with the Native Americans but kept their goods.”
lost-colonyThe arrival of Sir Walter Ralegh in Virginia, leading to the settlement established on Roanoke Island under John White. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)


  • Mainland almost 50 miles to the North West of the Roanoke site- the aspect which instigated to this site, called the Site X is a watercolor map drawn by John White. The map depicts the East Coast of North America from Chesapeake Bay to Cape Lookout. When the researchers in the year 2012, pursued X ray spectroscopy, found a little four pointed star. This site has been instigated by White in his testimony, after he returned to the colony. This can be a destination for the Roanoke settlers. In the place the archeologist has found Border ware pottery, baluster, pieces of guns flintlocks, tents, and copper tube. In accordance with Luccketti, the Roanoke colonist may have moved to the inland to reside with Native American allies.

Immense is still left to be discovered and found.

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