All I know for sure is from history throughout school growing up, is that it was one of the first English colonies in North America. Some people went back to England and when they came back, it was abandoned, everyone was mysteriously gone. I think they either an off with some Native Americans or just vanished.
Shortly after Drake and the colonists had sailed, a supply ship sent out by Sir Walter Raleigh arrived at Hatoraske and after searching in vain for the colonists returned to England. About a fortnight after Raleigh's ship had left, Grenville arrived with three ships and likewise searched in vain for the colonists. Grenville found the places of colonial settlement desolate, but being "unwilling to loose the possession of the country which Englishmen had so long held," he left 15 men on Roanoke Island, fully provisioned for 2 years, to hold the country for the Queen while he returned to England.
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Posted 05 March 2004 - 01:43 AM
I remember a long time ago on fox's "freaky links", the show in which the famous "civil war pteradactyl", The there was an episode on Roanoke. I believe It was the season finally, and the last episode. I remember reading some where that when the only known roanoke survivor, who went to England to get supplys, came back only to find everyone gone and the name of a nearby island carved on a tree. I believe he died before he could check the island for his friends and familys. Or of course it could just be aliens!
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Posted 05 March 2004 - 03:18 AM
If I remember correctly, when they came back, all they had found were some words carved in a tree. I can't remember what they were though. It was something that didn't seem to make any sense though. I did hear that some years later colonists had come in contact with some native americans not too far from roanoke that had blonde hair and blue eyes. I imagine the colonists probably were just having trouble, befriended a tribe of native americans and after not hearing from anyone for so long just went to go live with the indians.
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Posted 05 March 2004 - 07:01 PM
If you had checked the link in my previous reply you would have seen that the word was "Croatoan"...
This is a quote from the story in the link above
The only clue he found was the word "Croatoan" carved in a tree. To this day no one knows what happened to them. It's possible that the Colonists joined with the friendly Croatoan natives. Or were they massacred by the unfriendly Wanchese tribe? No one knows for sure.
Here is another link to a story on the "Lost Colony"
I have always found this folk tale interesting. The reason why I call it a folk tale is because it strikes remincant of one, a story created to harbour a hidden meaning of isolation and desolation. The people of Roanoke disappeared mysteriously, that's true...however, some theorists believe they did in fact get transported to another colony unknown and the colonies name was Croatoan. Others believe that they were all killed and cast into the sea, for whatever reason unknown. Others believe, and highly unlikely, that they were...and I hate this word...abducted by persons or others unknown. Stephen King in his TV mini-series casts a highly implausible theory to Roanoke's disappearance in his movie "Storm of the Century", where he claims a demon manipulated them and forced them to walk into the sea and drown because they didn't give the demon what he wanted. Unfortunately, this may be one of those tragic stories that may never be solved by conventional science.