Roanoke Island

Kamryn phillips

The begining of Roanoke Island

In 1585 english colonists tried to settle Roanoke island, in what is now North Carolina. The first group of colonists at Roanoke Island ran low on food, and returned to england in 1586.The second group of colonists had disappeared from Roanoke Island in 1587. What happened to the lost colony? Is still a mystery.


Later in the near years a adventurer, John White, governer of the new Roanoke Island colony had vent on an venture for food and other supplies. Almost as soon as he arrived a major naval war broke out between England and Spain, and Queen Elizabeth I called on every available ship to comfront the mighty Spanish Armada.

The 1590's

In 1590 John returned to Roanoke Island , where he had left his wife, daughter, and granddaughter ( Virgina Dale, the first English child born in the Americas) and the other settlers three years before. He found no trace of the colony or it's settlers, and little clues of what could have happened apart from a single word "croatoan" carved in a wooden post.
Investagations into the future of the lost colony of Roanoke Island have continued over the 100 years, but no one came up with a reasonable answer. Croatoan was named after an island south of Roanoke Island that was home to a Native American tribe of the same name. Perhaps then the colonists were killed or abducted by Native Americans.
Other ideas told that they tried to sail back to england on their own, and got lost at sea, that met a bloody end at the hands of Spanidards who marched from Flordia or that they moved further inland and they were obsorbed into a friendly tribe.