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In 1587, families left the poverty- stricken alleys of London in the hope of a better life, setting up England's second try at a colony in Virginia: Roanoke.
Led by the experienced John White (with Manteo as the Lord of Roanoke who could help with native relations), they were guaranteed 500 acres of land to farm and were willing to work hard.
But Indians were hostile from the start. George Howe, White's advisor, was killed with 16 arrow wounds. Manteo led a counter attack but they killed friendly Croatoa natives instead.
White returned to England to update Raleigh on what had happened. It was not until three years later that he returned, and what greeted him was shocking...
Roanoke was deserted, with no signs of where the settlers had gone: only the word 'Croatoan' carved on a tree. No traces of colonists where ever found in the Coratoan settlement, apart from a strange genetic trait of blue eyes.
THE MYSTERY OF ROANOKE
by Ruby Firth
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