The Lost Colony: Roanoke Island

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In this paper, I will be discussing the topic of how the Roanoke Colonist could have disappeared. As well as provide some background information on Roanoke Island and which theory I believe is correct.

The Lost Colony: Roanoke Island The story of how the colonists of Roanoke Island had disappeared still remains unsolved today. The Roanoke colony was on an island in Dare County on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, United States; it was one of the first English settlements in the New World. Sir Walter Raleigh established the colony in August of 1585. Other settlers had attempted to settle the island already—with tragic results. A voyage in 1585 had arrived at the island with a sparsity of supplies (one of their ships hit a shallow area
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John Smith looked into the disappearance of the colonists, Wahunsenacawh, also known Chief Powhatan by the English, had claimed that they had killed the colonists because they had been living with the Chesepian tribe, who had refused to join the Chief’s confederacy. However, there is very little evidence to support this theory. There are historians that have come to the conclusion that the Roanoke colonists were not involved in the war between the two tribes. There is also a theory that the settlers were destroyed by the Spanish or they were kidnapped by the Natives. There is an arrangement of stones allegedly carved with the story of the lost colony written by Elizabeth Dare that has surfaced. On the contrary, historians believe that this is a stone story is a …show more content…
In the event that it is feasible that they simply moved on sooner than anyone was planning to, especially because they weren't thriving on Roanoke Island. Many theorize that they left to settle in Chesapeake Bay area, but their fate after that is still uncertain. The vanishing of the colonists wasn't looked into until decades after the fact when the colony of Jamestown was established, and anything could have occurred in that time.The colonists went to live with a native tribe for preservation and were eventually assimilated into the group. Many tribes declared to be descended from European ancestors, including the Hatteras Indians, who occupied on Roanoke or Croatoan Island. British settlers in the 17th and 18th centuries recorded meeting Native Americans with gray eyes, likely handed down from white

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