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Dec. 13, 2021

The Lost Colony of Roanoke- What Really Happened?

The Lost Colony of Roanoke- What Really Happened?

More than thirty years before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, in July 1587, a group of 117 tired men, women and children waded and made history on Roanoke Island, the first attempt to establish a settlement of its kind in the United States. These settlers arrived in July 1587 and soon turned their eyes to the burnt ruins of the first village. 

It wasn't until the Jamestown Colony was founded in 1607 that serious research was carried out to uncover the fate of Roanoke's lost settlers. Jamestown settlers made several attempts to find the missing settlers; and studied Indian accounts of Europeans living in different places; but there were no survivors.

The Lost Settlers were the third group of British people to arrive on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and settled near what is now Manteo. In 1585, English colonists reached the New World and established a colony on Roanoke Island, now part of North Carolina, but mysteriously disappeared.

The mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island has been passed down from generation to generation since their discovery disappeared in 1590, three years after the landing of settlers from England. This legend is even more vivid when you consider that Virginia Dare, the first daughter of the British to be born in America, was among these brave pioneers. On August 18, Virginia Dare was born to a white daughter, Eleanor, and her husband, head of the colony, Ananias Dare, becoming the first English child born in the New World

On August 18, the third birthday of his granddaughter, settler Virginia Dare, White landed again in Roanoke and began searching for the settlers he had planted there. In August 1590, White finally returned to Roanoke, where he left his wife and daughter, a newborn granddaughter (Virginia Dare, the first English woman to be born in America), and other settlers three long years earlier.

He returned three years later to find that the settlement was empty: his wife, son and grandson, the first English child born in America, had disappeared. Eventually, White returned to Roanoke in 1590, almost three years after disembarking, and found himself in front of an abandoned colony with no indication of what had happened there, leading to the disappearance of more than a hundred people. When a storm sank one of the ships upon arrival, they were even more eager to continue, but on August 18, 1590, White and a group of sailors landed at Roanoke. 

Three days later White sailed south to meet the Croats, who reported that both the people of Grenville and Howe had been killed by Vanchez Roanoke at Dasemünkepuk. On 3 July, Grenville dispatched Fin and a small team, including Wanchese, north of Roanoke to announce his arrival at Wingina. The ship arrived and, finding that the colony was abandoned, left 15 soldiers to maintain the British presence in the New World until another group of settlers was brought in.

The supply ships arrived too late to save the first abandoned colony, but left fifteen soldiers to keep an eye on the fort, which soon disappeared into the desert after being repelled by an Indian attack. This first colony had problems with local tribes, in part caused by the arrogance of the British and exacerbated by a historic drought that starved everyone to death. These early settlers returned to England due to food shortages and Indian attacks. 

John White (who was a member of the colony in 1585), these new settlers sought to survive on the island of North Carolina. English settlers would, of course, return to North America, first with the founding of Jamestown in Virginia in 1607 AD. and then the Mayflower pilgrims, who founded the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1620 AD.

Jamestown settler William Strachey reported in his travel history to Virginia and England in 1612 that the Roanoke settlers tried to establish settlements in the original destination of the Chesapeake Bay area, but there Killed by Indians. The most likely explanation for the fate of the settlers is that they were killed by the Roanoke Indians in an attempt to free their island from the old world. When the British established their first permanent settlement in Jamestown in 1607, they knew that there was still a colony on Roanoke Island 20 years ago.

The settlement would have been the first permanent English colony in the New World if the settlers had not disappeared due to unknown circumstances. Whatever happened to the 115 colonists of Roanoke Island remains a mystery to this day, but it is a mystery that archaeologists, historians and others have pursued in hopes of reconstructing the true and definitive history of the lost colony. Research into the fate of Roanoke's Lost Colony has continued for centuries, but no one has been able to provide a satisfactory answer. But a new book by Scott Dawson argues that the English colonists who founded the so-called lost colony before disappearing from history were never truly lost. 

They just moved to live with their own friends, Croats from Hatteras. In 1587, a small colony was founded on an island off the east coast of North America. The colony was one of Sir Walter Raleigh's attempts to establish an English settlement on the coast of the New World in what is now North Carolina. However, neither the French nor the Spaniards made any effort to colonize the region, and, with the exception of a brief Spanish visit in 1566, the Europeans showed no interest in the Outer Banks until nearly twenty years later the travels of Roanoke sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh. 

This region, present-day North Carolina in the United States, was visited by the British in the summer of 1584 AD. as Raleigh sought to implement Elizabeth's six-year patent for the establishment of a colony in the New World, where settlers would have equal rights with any citizen of England. The Roanoke Colonies Association, antecedent to the Roanoke Island Historical Association, was formed in 1880 to acquire and defend the site of the first attempts at English colonization in the New World. The founding of the Roanoke Colony () was an attempt by Sir Walter Raleigh to establish the first permanent English settlement in North America. The British, led by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, declared that St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1583 became the first British territory in North America under the royal prerogative of Queen Elizabeth I.

It describes two failed attempts by British colonists to establish settlements on Roanoke Island in the late 16th century. American historians largely ignored or downplayed the importance of the Roanoke settlement until 1834 when George Bancroft praised the settlers of 1587 in his American history. 

In 1590, a plan was reportedly drawn up to destroy the Roanoke Colony and establish a Spanish colony in the Chesapeake Bay, but this was simply misinformation designed to mislead British intelligence. Spanish troops were familiar with England's plans to establish a new base in Virginia in 1587 and had been looking for it even before the arrival of the white settlers. 

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