croatoan island

Thoughts I Had During The Mysterious Disappearance of Roanoke Colony

  • Why is Ryan wearing a long sleeved shirt it’s 90 degrees outside in California??
  • He looks so good tho
  • Shane,,, the glasses,,, the button up,,, the professor ™ has returned
  • Shanes hair is the same height as Ryan’s forehead
  • The thing that I’ve never really understood w the theories of colonists being forced out suddenly - how the heck would they have had time to carve a word into a tree?? Like do you know how difficult that shit is??
  • I was trying to figure out what was hanging behind them in front of the window – it’s the tinfoil hat
  • Is that a Bigfoot statue on Shanes side of the desk
  • “Both trips [to Croatoan Island] were foiled by storms.” It’s an omen, he was never meant to know the truth. He must carry the guilt of the lost lives to his grave.
  • The colonists and Native Americans doing like,,, an SNL bit where they play a prank on John White. Classic.
  • “That being said” TAKE A SHOT
  • As soon as the music comes on, I stop paying attention and start boppin.
  • Why does Ralph Lanes picture look like the evil dude from Pocahontas (I mean that’s basically who he is, but still)
  • “Broom and a dust pan” “mop up their bones” wait are they dusting or are they mopping WHAT IS THE TRUTH, SHANE
  • Theory: the native Americans killed all of the colonists and then, in order to cover their tracks, wrote the name of a nearby island on a tree and a fence post to pull attention away from what really happened
  • “I’m a white man” made me CACKLE bc this is really how it be sometimes,,,
  • Honestly the assimilation is probably the most likely theory lmao
  • Aglet? The thing on a shoelace?
  • The REAL question is how he made the map so accurate??
  • Also did they leave other boats on the island?
  • YES, Ryan, people try to figure out the placement of their furniture before going through the strenuous act of moving said furniture. Fight me and Shane on it.
  • Also it surprises me that Shane is the one who moves his furniture around in his apartment. I would’ve thought that he liked things to stay the way they are.
  • I wanna watch the National Treasure movies now, I love those.
  • That?? Doesn’t look like a star
  • Oh nvm yes it does
  • Ryan’s such a nerd look how happy he is about his post it note trick
  • I know I’m not ready for him to talk about aliens
  • I hate how realistic those alien graphics are
  • Shane: *being painfully sarcastic* Ryan: *wholeheartedly agreeing*
  • The alien graphics just scared the shit out of me
  • Ryan’s delayed reaction when Shane threw the ball fkdks
  • dun dun dun dun

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→ historical places: Roanoke Colony

In 1587, Raleigh dispatched a new group of 115 colonists to establish a colony on Chesapeake Bay. They were led by John White, an artist and friend of Raleigh who had accompanied the previous expeditions to Roanoke. Shortly thereafter, colonist George Howe was killed by a native while searching alone for crabs in Albemarle Sound. Fearing for their lives, the colonists persuaded Governor White to return to England to explain the colony’s desperate situation and ask for help. White sailed for England in late 1587, although crossing the Atlantic at that time of year was a considerable risk. Because of the continuing war with Spain, White was unable to mount another resupply attempt for an additional three years. He finally gained passage on a privateering expedition that agreed to stop off at Roanoke on the way back from the Caribbean. White landed on August 18, 1590, but found the settlement deserted. The only clue was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a post of the fence around the village. All the houses and fortifications had been dismantled, which meant that their departure had not been hurried. Before he had left the colony, White instructed them that, if anything happened to them, they should carve a Maltese cross on a tree nearby, indicating that their absence had been forced. There was no cross, and White took this to mean that they had moved to Croatoan Island (now known as Hatteras Island), but he was unable to conduct a search. The end of the 1587 colony is unrecorded, leading to the colony being referred to as the “Lost colony”, with multiple hypotheses existing as to the fate of the colonists. X

  • White people: OMG everyone at Roanoke disappeared, this is a huge mystery! Where did they go??
  • Roanoke survivors: Yo, 'sup. We went over to Croatoan island to live with the natives there because we were tired of eating our dead and dying of starvation. We left you a note about it.
  • White people: *Find the word "Croatoan" carved on a tree.*
  • White people: *Find a bunch of blue-eyed natives on nearby Croatoan island, obviously descendants of the Roanoke colonists.*
  • White people: I guess this mystery will never be solved.
31 Days of Halloween: Day 10 - Croatoan

Many of us already know a little bit about the Croatoan mystery, and how it connects to the chilling story of the lost colony of Roanoke Island.  

It was settled in 1587 and was already set to become famous when Virginia Dare was born on the 18th of August, the first English child to be born on American soil.  The colony was near what was once called Croatoan Island, now called Cape Hatteras.  John White, the governor, sailed away to England and when he returned after three years, found the entire settlement deserted.  There was no sign of the 90 men, 17 women, and 11 children that had lived there, nor any sign of a struggle, a battle, or a kidnapping. 

All that was left were two graves an, carved into a post on a fort, the word “Croatoan”.

That’s where the story seems to end, at least most versions of it, but only very recently did I read several articles mentioning the word “croatoan” in connection with other disappearances and deaths.

A few days before his death, Edgar Allen Poe was brought to his death bed, delirious, whispering the word “croatoan” again and again.

The same word was found scribbled in the journal of Amelia Earhart after her disappearance in 1937.

The word was found carved into the post of the bed that horror writer Ambrose Bierce slept in just before he vanished in Mexico in 1913.

The word was scratched on the wall of the cell that notorious stagecoach robber Black Bart inhabited before he was released from prison in 1888, only to disappear right afterward.

Perhaps most disturbing is its appearance on the last page of the logbook of the ship Carroll A. Deering when it ran aground in 1921 with no one aboard, on – wait for it – Cape Hatteras.  Croatoan Island.

my theories for this ep

- they actually went to the croatoan island. i mean they stayed were they were and then they were like “hey we gotta move on for whatever reason let’s tell white we’re there” but then he didn’t come back - it took him 3 years - so of course they would move on in those years!

that would explain why croatoan was carved into the tree. when they thought white wouldn’t return they moved inland and separated maybe, (= no mass graves etc.)

- they were killed - then drowned in the ocean or actually victims of cannibalism (bc the zombie theory is bs sorry ryan I love you) maybe they even started to eat each other because they were hungry, who knows.

the only thing I can’t really get behind is the star on the map

feel free to inform me if I said smth dumb this episode was very hard for me to comprehend because it’s almost 3am and my first language isn’t English and I sometimes have trouble keeping up with what people say

anonymous asked:

Do you know any of the other cabin names other than Roanoke and Zodiac. And Zodiac is a reference to the Zodiac Killer right?


A few weeks ago Noelle revealed that the Lumberjane cabins were named after unsolved mysteries (link here, if you haven’t seen it) and since then I have been itching to make a post examining all of them because I am Lumberjanes trash and also because I really love the cabin names? And mysteries? 

(Especially mysteries).

So here:

First seen in issue 1 (duh), and named for the Roanoke Colony - a group of 118 English settlers who vanished sometime between 1587 and 1590. By the time the disappearance was discovered, their houses and fortifications had been dismantled (implying the departure had not been a hurried one), and the word ‘Croatoan’ was carved into a fence post, taken to mean the settlers had left for the nearby ‘Croatoan Island’. It was another 12 years before a search was mounted, and no sign of the settlers was ever found.

Theories range from ‘integration with another settlement’ to ‘slaughter by either the Powhatan or the Spanish’, though none of these has ever been proved.

This one didn’t show up until the very end of issue 8, and (as mentioned) is presumably named for the Zodiac Killer, a serial killer active in California during the 60s and 70s, and believed responsible for 20-28 deaths (although he claimed as many as 37).

The name ‘Zodiac’ was penned by the killer, in a series of letters written during the time he was active, several of which contained ciphers (only one of which has been definitively solved - the killer at one point described himself as ‘crackproof’).

As yet, the killer has not been identified, though the case remains open.

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I was reminded of this interesting topic by the flurry of rumors that season 6 of American Horror story might actually involve it.

That aside, let’s talk about the colony of Roanoke.

The colony of Roanoke was established on Roanoke in 1587. When the settlers arrived, they were supposed to be greeted by English garrison, however the only thing they found was a skeleton. They were terrified and tried to get back on the ships, but were not allowed to get on and were forced to stay. 

Already there was a bad start to the colony, but the fear increased when one of the colonists got killed by a Native American. They had one of their members, Governor White, return to England to ask for help. 

His attempts turned sour when war broke out in England, and every available ship set out to do battle. He eventually managed to find two small ships to use, but they were captured and pillaged. It took him three years to get back to Roanoke

He arrived on what would’ve been his grandaughter’s (the first english child born in america) 3rd birthday, but there was no one there. Any sign of the 115 settlers was gone, and there was no trace of a battle or stuggle. The unusual thing left behind was the word CROATOAN carved into the fort’s gatepost and CRO carved into a tree. He took this to mean that they had been relocated to Croatoan island, but could not search the island, and left shortly after.

This mystery has never been solved, and will likely never be, but it has inspired some very interesting theories. The most common theory is one that the settlers integrated with a Native American tribe known as the Croatans after drought hit the area and they were forced to move. 

It’s a creepy tale that will continue to be told, and I’m sure we’ll continue to try to figure out what may have happened to the colony. What do you think happened?

The Lost Colony 

In 1590, England sent an expedition to check on a colony of settlers on Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina. They found the settlement deserted: 90 men, 17 women, and nine children had disappeared without a trace. A search turned up nothing. The only clue was a single word carved into a post: CROATOAN.

There was a Croatoan Island nearby, with a tribe of that name. Had the colonists been killed or captured? No, there was no sign of a struggle. Had they assimilated peacefully? Then why had they left no clue where they’d gone? Had they moved to another base? Tried to return to England? Starved to death? To this day, no one knows.

anonymous asked:

What do you believe happened to the lost colony of Roanoke?

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Naw just kidding,

Who knows.  Due to war with Spain there was a span of three years where the colony was out of contact with the rest of the world.  Back then a lot could happen in that amount of time.  Remember that the Mayflower colony and Virginia colony was nearly wiped out in one winter.  The Darien colony in Panama fail in a years time.

Anyway when a relief ship arrived they found nothing.  There was no sign of the settlers, none living or dead.  No graves, no corpses, even the buildings seemed like they had been intentional dismantled, not ruined. All that was found was the inscription “Croatoan” refering to Croatoan Island.  They didn’t stay long because they were in the middle of nowhere far from safe port and being hunted by the Spanish.  So they didn’t have much time to investigate.  It would be twelve years later before Sir Walter Raleigh would investigate the colony, and again he didn’t find much.

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I would say most likely Roanoke found themselves in the same situation as other early English colonies, short of food, suffering from starvation, catching diseases, and slowly dying off.  When it was realized that help would not come soon, they tried to relocate to Croatoan Island. From there several things happened.

1. The colony died off due to disease, starvation, etc.

2. They ticked off the local Native Americans and were destroyed.

3. They were destroyed by the Spanish

4. The died attempting to sail back to England.

5. They integrated with the Native Americans to survive.

Either way it is all conjecture and nobody really knows.