Carolina’s Lost Colony: The fate of the first British settlers in America was a mystery… until now

There are places, on America’s mid-Atlantic seaboard, where you can still imagine the coastline as the first English settlers must have seen it, more than 400 years ago. No boat marinas, no highways, no beachfront houses for rent: just reeds, marshes and shimmering expanses of water where the sea meets the sky, and the hazy outline of pristine forests.

  • BillyHW

    Most deceptive headline in history.

  • David Murrell

    Good article, but it’s conclusion is that the mystery still exists. Only sketchy evidence has been found that the 115 people moved inland. What happened to them no one knows.

  • Brett_McS

    Seems like they assimilated with the local population.

  • John

    It’s entirely possible…and this is something seldom argued… that the Roanoke colonists was wiped out in a hurricane. They had absolutely no way of knowing that coastal North Carolina is probably the worst place you can be when a hurricane climbs the Eastern Seaboard. They could’ve just been swept away by tidal surges topped by 35 foot breakers.

    End of story.

  • ntt1

    I think assimilation was what occurred, there is a lot of European DNA in eastern coastal natives and the whole story of pre columbian contact has yet to be told