The Lost Colony & Hatteras Island
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.
"Whatever happened to the lost colonists of Roanoke, Virginia? The answer to one of America's longest and most puzzling questions is now in a new book." New York Post
"The English colonists who settled the so-called Lost Colony before disappearing from history simply went to live with their native friends -- the Croatoans of Hatteras, according to a new book."Virginia Pilot
"A new book about the colonists, "The Lost Colony and Hatteras Island," published in June and citing 10 years of excavations at nearby Hatteras Island, aims to put the mystery to bed. The book's author, Scott Dawson, a researcher from Hatteras, argues that the Native people who lived there took in the English settlers and that historical records and artifacts can end the debate." New York Times
"A recently-published book outlining 11 years of research by multiple teams aims to put weight behind a leading theory for the colony of Roanoke's supposed disappearance, putting to bed centuries of wild speculation." Vice
From the Author
The Lost Colony is a myth that began in 1937 by a play of the same name. In the fiction version of history a colony vanished leaving a cryptic message carved onto a tree that said Croatoan. For far too long the true history of the Croatoan Indians has been reduced this mysterious word carved onto a tree by a 16th century English colony in America. The name of the tribe has been associated with ghosts and mystery and the unknown in general. In reality, the Croatoan people lived on Hatteras Island and had been friends and allies of the English for years before the message on the tree was carved to indicated the colony had simply relocated to a place the English were extremely familiar with and had lived before. Archaeologists teamed up with local Hatteras Island author and president of the Croatoan Archaeological Society, Scott Dawson to investigate the obvious location of the "lost" colony. They dug the lost colony up over a 10 year period. We now have physical evidence of the colony assimilating with the Croatoan Indians. This book presents the real history so often overshadowed by myth and propaganda and is backed by hard science. If you seek truth you have found it.
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.