Unfortunately, John White returned to England during a war. This distracted his efforts to send a supply ship back to the colonists.
After the war John White finally sent the supply ship but when it arrived nothing was found except the word "Croatoan" and the letters "CRO"
John White assumes what he found means that the colonists went to Croatian Island, so he tries to go there but he is unable to because of storms
I wish this storm would stop so I can get to the settlers
In 1588, John White left Roanoke to go back to England. Unfortunately, when he arrived, his country was having a war with Spain and this caused a big delay in sending back another supply ship to the Roanoke colonists who needed these every year. The ship did not arrive until 1590. Since the colonists did not receive their new supplies, they had to move in order to survive since they were not well prepared to live on their own. So we know that the settlers left sometime between 1588 and 1590.
Where did the colonists go and when did they leave Roanoke
History.com https://www.history.com/news/ask-history/what-happened-to-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke Wikipedia https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roanoke_Colony Hyper doc Valire, Crystal. "The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island" Google Slides file