The Unsolved Mystery of the Lost Roanoke Colony in North Carolina

TLDR The Roanoke Colony, established by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1585, disappeared without a trace by 1590, leaving behind only the words "Croatoan" carved into a tree. The fate of the colonists remains a mystery, with theories ranging from assimilation with a local tribe to being purposely abandoned.

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00:00 Sir Walter Raleigh established an English colony on an island in North Carolina in 1585, but when a ship returned to the island in 1590, the colony had disappeared, leading to an unsolved mystery.
02:32 Sir Walter Raleigh attempted to establish a colony in North America in 1585 as a military base to harass Spanish shipping, but the colony encountered numerous problems, was abandoned in 1586, and Raleigh then attempted to form a second colony as an actual settlement.
04:41 The settlers of the Roanoke Colony, led by John White, hoped to establish themselves as a new landed gentry class in the Americas, but faced challenges such as repairing structures, hostile relations with native people, and a lack of supplies.
06:46 When John White returned to Roanoke in 1590, he found that the entire colony was missing, with no signs of a struggle or fight, and the only clues left behind were the words "Croatoan" carved into a tree and a wooden post, leading him to believe that the settlers had moved to the nearby island of Croatoan.
09:02 John White sponsored another expedition in 1602 to search for the missing colonists, but it was primarily focused on harvesting Sassafras, and the settlers were not found on Croatoan Island; rumors of the colony being massacred began to circulate in England by 1609, but there was no evidence to support this claim, leaving the fate of the Roanoke colony a mystery; John Lawson theorized in the 18th century that the colonists had moved to Croatoan Island and assimilated into the Hatteras people based on his interactions with the tribe.
11:22 The fate of the lost Roanoke colony remains a mystery, with theories ranging from the colonists being killed in an unknown location, assimilating with a local tribe, attempting a return trip to England and getting lost at sea, or being purposely abandoned by Sir Francis Walsingham; however, no conclusive evidence has been found to support any of these theories.
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