Every American knows the story of Jamestown. That’s where all of the John Smith, Pocahontas, and the start of continued English settlement in the New World business went down.
But did you know that before Jamestown, there was a colony named Roanoke? And did you know that it mysteriously disappeared without a trace? Historians still have very few clues as to what happened to the Roanoke Island colony.
How, in 3 short years, did around a hundred people just up and disappear?
The colony of Roanoke was Queen Elizabeth I’s first attempt at establishing a colony in the Americas. It was founded in 1585 on Roanoke Island in what is now Dare County, North Carolina.
Resources on the island were scarce and the colonists feared an attack by the natives. Their governor, John White, left the island for Britain to get supplies.