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4 H 1 Analyze the chronology of key historical events in North Carolina history

4.H.1.3 Explain how people, events and developments brought about changes to communities

in various regions of North Carolina.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3.e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9  Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.




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The Lost Colony Mystery

Tomorrow's lesson will be about the Mystery of The Lost Colony at Roanoke Island. Please read the information and watch the video to gather clues.  Be prepared to give your own ideas of what you think happened to the lost colony.  I have also included a map below.  Can you locate Roanoke Island?


The Lost Colony Mystery

Background Information

Even though the Spanish claimed all of North and South America, other countries decided to explore and settle in North America. The French settled in present-day Canada and the Dutch in present-day New York. History would be made when the English decided to explore and settle in North America.

John White was a talented artist. He traveled in 1585 with the first English exploration to a place called Roanoke. Roanoke is an island near the coast of present-day North Carolina. He sailed back to England in 1586 and returned to Roanoke as governor the next year, bringing with him more than 100 settlers.

In 1587, White sailed back to England. He left all of the 100 colonists behind. He did not return until 1590, nearly three years later.

When he finally returned, to his shock and grief, he found no trace of the colonists who had disappeared. The only clues to their whereabouts were two engravings (or carvings) – one in a tree and one in a wooden post.


If the settlers and John White could have communicated, their letters may have read like these. Please read the letters and search for anymore clues about the disappearance.