The story of early settlers at Roanoke Island vanishing with only one trace has been a mystery for over 400 years. It MAY have been found, though!

According to the map of their governor, John White, the settler's may have gone to a fort. His map had two patches on it. One of which covered a marking that could mean that the settlers went to a fort.

White was the one who left to go back to England for supplies and a plan. You may know the story.

"In July, 1587, a group of 117 settlers established a colony on Roanoke Island. Unfortunately, they were met with resistance from local tribes, including the Croatans. Amid the unrest, John White was appointed governor of the Roanoke Colony. Although he eventually eased relations with some of the natives, the situation remained tense. In desperation, Governor White left the Roanoke Colony in August 1587. He promised to return with a solution to the ongoing unrest, and much needed supplies.

Unfortunately, White’s return to the colony was delayed by adverse weather conditions and the Anglo-Spanish War. Although he eventually made his way back to Roanoke Island, it was simply too late. As reported by the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Governor White found the entire “settlement deserted, plundered and surrounded by overgrown brush.” Even more disturbing, the settlers appeared to have vanished without a trace. The only clue to their fate was the word “Croatoan,” which was carved into a wooden plank."

A hurricane damaged his fleet, and he was forced to return to England once again, where he spent the rest of his life.

And so the mystery was left unsolved. Until archaeologists uncovered the symbol on the map that could be a fort.

They did search for a fort, but didn't find one. They did, however, find artifacts that show that people were indeed in the area for an extended period of time. Whether they were the settlers or not is unknown at this time.

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