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Roanoke Island 91 men, 17 women and 9 children settled on Roanoke Island (off the coast of present-day North Carolina) John White (leader) – returned to England for supplies Delayed by Spanish for three years Found Roanoke deserted Only clue – “CROATOAN” carved into a gatepost Croatoan Island – 50 miles to the south
What Happened? Killed by Native Americans Wandered off to find better land Merged with the NAs
Merged One report by a colonist says that he spotted a native boy in the area of the colonists with “hair of a perfect yellow and… white skin.” There were also rumors of some of the colonists within fifty miles of the Jamestown fort. There had been crosses and letters found carved into the trees. John Smith was told by a native leader who lived near Roanoke that he had seen men like Smith. "Lost Colony of Roanoke." Kyrene School District - Redirect. Web. 13 Oct. 2009. <http://www.kyrene.org/schools/brisas/sunda/mystery/roanoke_files/frame.htm>.
Some of the people of Jamestown resorted to cannibalism. One man was accused of killing, salting and eating his wife. He was sentenced to death. Colonists sometimes dug up and consumed corpses. (Discovered in the writings of George Percy, a prominent member of the original band of Jamestown settlers)
The Colonists Weren’t Lazy New evidence has shown that the colonists weren’t lazy. The experienced the worst drought in 100 years.