One theory points to the wooden post inscribed with the word “Croatoan,” which refers to an island south of Roanoke that was inhabited by Native Americans.
In turn, some believe that the colony of settlers may have been abducted or killed by the neighboring people.
Another theory suggests that the settlers tried to sail back to England themselves amidst low food supply but might have been met with roaring seas that overtook their vessel. Or, perhaps, they were confronted with Spanish fleet ships that were moving up Florida.
Finally, the settlers might have simply been ravaged by disease, migrated to a nearby locale, or perished amidst ravenous weather.
The truth is that no one truly knows what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. But, their disappearance will remain a missing thread in the fabric of America’s creation for decades to come.
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