• Now you know the story of the “Lost Colony”. 

     

     It dates back to the time the Europeans began to settle on this free land, that is now known as Virginia.  The colony of Roanoke was the one of the first English colonies to be established on the soil. 

     

    However this colony did not turn out to be that of a successful one.  The Governor of this hamlet was John White.  The small population of Roanoke complained about their lack of food and tools.  They also had frightening suspicions that the Natives may launch a surprise attack on them.  These complaints eventually led to John White going to England with the plan to return along with the proper supplies the colonists requested. 

     

    John White returned three long years afterwards.  But what he returned to was not that of a colony but of a ghost town.  The area which was once a village was stripped of its people.  Houses and other shelters were nowhere in site.  What was left behind were some small cannons, an opened chest, a tall fence built around the perimeter of the former village site, and a single word inscription carved on a fence post, “Croatoan”. 

     

    Five Popular Theories About What Happened:

    1. The people of Roanoke simply left the settlement. 

    2.The whole population of Roanoke Island was killed by a disease. 


    3.  The village was destroyed by a severe storm.

    4.  The people of Roanoke decided to leave Roanoke Island to live with the Natives. 


    5.  The colonists were killed by the Native Americans 
     
     

    It is an incredible fact that historians contain no sure explanation about what exactly happened to the colonists and the residences of Roanoke in 1588.   People have many different theories on what occurred in that three year period.  

     

         What do you think happened at Roanoke Island?

     

     

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