It all started in the late 1570's; a person named Humphrey Gilbert decided to go on an expedition with his fellow partners to find the Northwest passage through the Americas. Sadly he was lost at sea and his half-brother, Walter Raleigh took his place. Even though he wasn't able to travel he gathered a group of people; they went on an expedition, exploring the coast and ended up on a barrier island called Roanoke.
Once they settled in Roanoke Island they began trading with the Native Americans in the area. Because the settlers had good relationships with the Natives and they really liked the land; so they decided to send a second expedition, with only soldiers, to come to the island.
Next the English get into a brawl with the Natives over stolen cup.
The English send 100 men, 20 women, and 10 children to come and settle in the Roanoke Island. After one of the men get murdered by the Native Americans, John White, a famous Artisan, goes to England and says to Sir Walter Raleigh that the people are isolated and are surrounded by people who hate them.
John White decides to come back to Roanoke in 1590, where he finds the word, "Croatoan" carved in a tree and a whole settlement missing...
THEORY:What happened to the town?What does the word stand for?Well, Croatoans were a nearby Native American tribe which could possibly have welcomed the English settlers. It is said that the English had decided to write the word on the tree so later peoples of England know were they are!P.S. John White never found out what happened to the settlers since a bad storm hit and he had to return to England. This concluding that the Lost Colony of Roanoke still remains one of the greatest Mysteries of American history.