Roanoke Island Facts
- Roanoke Island is about 8 miles long and about 2 miles wide .It was named after Roanoke Carolina Algonquian people in the 16th century.Roanoke island is located between mainland and barrier islands near Nags Head.Roanoke islands population is about 6,724.
Roanoke island long ago
What happened to Roanoke island
In 1584 Sir Walter's men first land on Roanoke island and find it good for a settlement.In 1585 108 soldiers come to Roanoke island to make the first colony. In 1586 Colonists and Native Americans went to war and the colony was abandoned. In 1590 Captain John White returns to Roanoke island to find the colony gone.
John Whites Return
Because of England's war with Spain, there were no ships to spare. Three years passed before John White could return to Roanoke Island with the supplies. When he finally returned to the colony in 1590, he found the island deserted. The only trace left by the colonists was a mysterious 'cro' carved in a tree, and 'croatan' carved in a fence post.