This document, the so-called "Zuniga Map", reports "4 men clothed that came from roonock" still alive at the town of Pakerikinick.
There were reports in London of Englishmen from Roanoke living under a chief called "Gepanocan" including four men, two boys, "and a young Maid" (Virginia Dare?) from Roanoke as copperworkers...”
However, anthropologists believe that these particular oral traditions belong to families whose ancestors were Tuscarora peoples who had incurred devastating loss of life and land in the wake of the Tuscarora War in the early 18th century.
Anthropologists and historians contend that they may have joined with the migrating Hatteras of Roanoke Island.
There are those who theorize that the Spanish destroyed the colony.
Earlier in the century, the Spanish had destroyed evidence of the French colony of Fort Charles in southern South Carolina and then massacred Fort Caroline, the French colony near present-day Jacksonville, Florida.
In 1998 climatologists used tree ring cores from 800-year-old bald cypresses taken from the Roanoke Island area of North Carolina and the Jamestown area of Virginia to reconstruct precipitation and temperature chronologies.
They concluded that the settlers of the Lost Colony landed at Roanoke Island in the summer of the worst growing-season drought in 800 years.