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Friday, November 03, 2006

A Colonial Conundrum

Researchers are trying to determine once and for all the fate of the Lost Colonists of Roanoke Island.

The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research is using archaeology, oral histories and satellite technology to try to uncover the migration path of the first English settlers and the Croatan Indians. Researchers hope to track them to present-day descendants in the area.
Sir Walter Raleigh came to Roanoke Island in 1585 and established a settlement of 117 English men, women and children. The colonists endured the elements, attacks and hunger before they disappeared. Later dubbed the “Lost Colony,” the only clue left as to the settlers’ whereabouts was the word “CROATOAN,” which was carved in a post.
Researchers are tracking several surnames, including Elks, Gibbs, Brooks, Pierce and Squires. They hope to connect them to the Croatans. [Link]

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