Roanoke Colony

Roanoke Colony
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  • In April of 1584, explorers Phillip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe set out from England to survey the coast near Cape Hatteras.
  • In 1585, Sir Richard Grenville, Raleigh’s cousin, sent seven ships loaded with colonists and provisions to establish a colony on Roanoke Island. Although the settlement survived, poor relations with the natives and food shortages constantly plagued the colony.
  • The only clue was the word 'Croatoan' engraved in the tree's bark and white does everywhere.  Many people say Sir Walter Raleigh confronted the leader of the Croaten tribe who stated that because Raliegh's daughter refused to marry him, he cast  a spell on her and her colony, turning them all into white does and where Virginia Dare, in the form of a white doe, would roam looking/waiting for her father's return.
  • Two years later, Grenville sent another colonial expedition of 150 men, led by artist John White. The third colony, choosing the same location their predecessors had abandoned, saw improved relations with natives and the 1587 birth of Virginia Dare, the first child born to English parents in the New World. 
  • Soon after Dare’s birth, White returned to London to secure more provisions for his fledgling colony, only to return three years later to find the colony abandoned, with no trace of inhabitants and most structures destroyed. The only clue was the word 'Croatoan' engraved in the tree's bark.The only clue was the word 'Croatoan' engraved in the tree's bark and white does everywhere. 
  • The vanquished settlement is often referred to as the “Lost Colony,” a story retold each summer on Roanoke Island in Paul Green’s outdoor drama. 
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