The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island

The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island

by Scott Dawson


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For over 400 years, the mystery of Roanoke's "Lost Colony" has puzzled historians and spawned conspiracies--until now.

New discoveries link the lost colony of Roanoke to Hatteras Island.

The legend of the Lost Colony has been captivating imaginations for nearly a century. When they left Roanoke Island, where did they go? What is the meaning of the mysterious word Croatoan? In the sixteenth century, Croatoan was the name of an island to the south now known as Hatteras. Scholars have long considered the island as one of the colonists' possible destinations, but only recently has anyone set out to prove it. Archaeologists from the University of Bristol, working with local residents through the Croatoan Archaeological Society, have uncovered tantalizing clues to the fate of the colony.

Hatteras native and amateur archaeologist Scott Dawson compiles what scholars know about the Lost Colony along with what scholars have found beneath the soil of Hatteras.

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ISBN-13: 9781467144339
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/15/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 21,567
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Scott Dawson is a native of Hatteras Island whose family roots on the island trace back to the 1600s. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BA in psychology and minor in history and is a well-known local historian, local author and amateur archaeologist. He is president and founder of the Croatoan Archaeological Society Inc. and has participated in a decade of archaeological excavations and research on Hatteras Island under the direction of Dr. Mark Horton. He also serves on the board of directors of the Outer Banks History Center.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Mark Horton 9

Preface 13

Introduction 17

Part I The History

1 The Push for Colonization 25

2 The First Voyage: 1584 30

3 The Second Voyage: 1585-1586 39

4 The Resupply Mission: 1586 47

5 The "Lost" Colony: 1587 49

6 John White's Return Voyage: 1590 58

7 Later Attempts: The Search (or Lack Thereof) for the Colonists 63

Part II Archaeology

8 Native Life 71

9 Introduction to Archaeology 83

10 The Real Search Begins: November 2009 94

11 Daub Gone It: 2010 97

12 Mysterious Woman: 2011 106

13 Guns and Brandy 110

14 Pay Dirt 121

15 The Earth Listens 128

16 Survivors' Camp 134

17 Theories 138

Algonquian Glossary 147

Bibliography 151

Index 153

About the Author 157

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