When Govener White left in 1587, he left the colonists with a pinnance for exploration of the coast or removal of the colony to the mainland.The settlers of the Lost Colony landed at Roanoke Island in the summer of the worst growing season drought in 800 years. This drought was particularly severe in the tidewater region near Roanoke.
Due to the drought, the colonists did not have enough food and water. many died from hunger and dehydration, but not all.
The Croatons were shot and killed by the colonists that have been scavenging the village for food as a result of the drought.