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It's a mystery that has intrigued Americans for centuries: What happened to the lost colonists of North Carolina's Roanoke Island? See "America's Lost Colony.


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Appointed governor of the fledgling Roanoke colony by Sir Walter Raleigh, White was returning from England with desperately needed supplies. But when he stepped ashore on August 18,he found the settlement looted and abandoned. Now two independent teams say they have archaeological remains that suggest at least some of the abandoned colonists may have survived, possibly splitting into two camps that made their homes with Native Americans. A collection of newly discovered European objects, including a sword hilt, broken English bowls, and a fragment of a slate writing tablet still inscribed with a letter, could point to the presence of the colonists on Hatteras Island, some 50 miles 80 kilometers southeast of their settlement on Roanoke Island, as well as at a site on the mainland 50 miles to the northwest. Part of an iron rapier handle was unearthed in the spring of at the Cape Creek site on Hatteras Island. Such weapons were used by Englishmen of high status.

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John White, the governor of the Roanoke Island colony in present-day North Carolinareturns from a supply-trip to England to find the settlement deserted. White and his men found no trace of the or so colonists he left behind, and there was no of violence.

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White took the letters to mean that the colonists had moved to Croatoan Island, some 50 miles away, but a later search of the island found none of the settlers. The first Roanoke colonists did not fare well, suffering from dwindling food supplies and Indian attacks, and in they returned to England aboard a ship captained by Sir Francis Drake.

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InRaleigh sent out another group of colonists under John White. White returned to England to procure more supplies, but the war with Spain delayed his return to Roanoke. By the time he finally returned in Augusteveryone had vanished.

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Inarchaeologists studying tree-ring data from Virginia found that extreme drought conditions persisted between and These conditions undoubtedly contributed to the demise of the so-called Lost Colony, but where the settlers went after they left Roanoke remains a mystery. One theory has them being absorbed into a Native American tribe known as the Croatans. A dramatic battle in the Tennessee House of Representatives ends with the state ratifying the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution on August 18, After decades of struggle and protest by suffragettes across the country, the decisive vote is cast by a year-old Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader who forged an empire stretching from the east coast of China west to the Aral Sea, dies in camp during a campaign against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia.

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