John White was able to arrive at Roanoke island. When he arrived, he found out it was deserted. He found the word "Croatoan" written on the tree.
Before john white leaves he told the colonists to carve Crotoan on the tree if they left Roanoke island . He also said to put a cross under the tree if they were leaving from danger. But there was no cross so they knew they were safe.
maybe the colonists found a new island or they died. They also might have been lost and stopped somewhere else. They might have been pulled down by waves or storms that might kill them