The Mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke Island – 116 Settlers Disappeared


The Roanoke Island lost event has been called the oldest unsolved mystery in the Americas and one of the earliest mass extinctions of humans. This event dates back to 1587, when about 116 British colonists, funded and organized by Sir Walter Raleigh, arrived on Roanoke Island in North America. They decided to develop a new colony here. The governor of the new colony, John White, would sail back to England to collect materials (all kinds of building materials and supplies). But just then there was a war between England and Spain, against the mighty Spanish Armada. Queen Elizabeth calls on every available ship! It was delayed for several years.

Towards evening in 1590, John white finally returned, but as they approached, they saw smoke rising from the village. It was dark when the rescue troops came to the village. After entering the village, the soldiers found that the doors of the village were open, and they walked into each household. They saw candles on the table and the meals on the stove were still hot.


The residents of Roanoke were apparently preparing for dinner. The 116 inhabitants, men, women and children (including 11 children, 88 men and 17 women recorded), including poultry and livestock, all disappeared as if they had suddenly vanished from the earth. Outside the village, the army commander ordered the troops to stop. In a tree near the priest’s house, the torches showed that the word “Croatoan” had been carved in large, inexplicable letters. Sister Emily testified in 1670 that what was carved on the tree meant “inevitable disaster.”

John, the commander of the rescue army, reported to the governor that the whole village had disappeared. The governor did not believe him and ordered another search. The villagers of Roanoke were British settlers, and four more search teams were sent to look for them. All the search parties found no sign of enemy attack in the village, no drop of blood, no hair, no rag. The surrounding woods, search team also checked again, to see if there is a new grave, but a body has not been found. The local Indian tribe had been on good terms with the people of Roanoke, but just in case, a search had been made of the Indian village, with no results. In the end John had to send an urgent report to the queen, saying: “the devil took them.” Later, a British search team once again searched for these settlers, and dig their villages for 3 feet, looking for clues, but after 14 years of searching, they found nothing and had to give up the idea of finding.

The words on the bark of the tree of 1590 had somehow been burned by the search party, and only a few letters remained, which some believed to be the code for Satan’s name. Some researchers believe that the earliest words carved on trees were actually the words “Crow” and that the settlers wanted to tell people that their sudden disappearance was related to the Crow people who lived nearby. Professor Pierre in Canada had studied the customs of the north American Indians all his life, and he believed that Crow worshipped the Crow God, believing that the god lived among them but was invisible and could enter anyone’s body as he wished.

In these worship beliefs, Crow also sent an “assistant” from the world to Crow God every year, and the way was to lock a soldier in a thatched hut with an altar, and the next morning the soldier would disappear, which indicated that he had achieved his wish by the side of Crow God.

The “Roanoke village” has been missing for more than 400 years. The reasons vary widely. Some say that the plague broke out at that time, so everyone in the village ran away. Some said pirates attacked and took them all as prisoners. Some say the settlers went to England in an old sailboat, but were caught in a storm and buried at the bottom of the sea. There is also a more bizarre saying that there is such an Indian wizard who hypnotized the settlers. As a result, 116 villagers in the village collectively entered the rough sea and were drowned. One by one, the rumors were refuted, for the pirates had never reached the northern seas. And the settlers never sailed. They came to the island in 1587 in three small boats that were still in port the day they disappeared.

As for the Indian attack, it would not have caught the settlers by surprise, for the settlers of Roanoke were well armed and able to keep their village safe. In the absence of a plausible explanation, some tourists prefer to believe that “the devil took the villagers”. The disappearance of “Roanoke village” has also become one of the most extraordinary unsolved mysteries in human history.

Experts at the first colony foundation and the British museum analyzed white’s map and found two “patches” on it. One is indeed to cover up the mistakes on the map, but the other is a diamond-shaped pattern hiding northeast of North Carolina, which represents the meaning of the fortress on the map. Experts say it is not known why the fort was covered, but it may have been the site where the Roanoke settlers planned to colonize. The site is now on private land and has been designated as a golf course and residential area, so excavations are unlikely to begin soon. But experts remain optimistic that modern technology will eventually solve the mystery of Roanoke’s loss.


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