History Is A Thing Of The Past

The disappearance of the Roanoke Colony in Virginia is America’s oldest mystery. It is normally described as “they disappeared without  a trace, other than a carving of the word CROATAN on a fence post.”  None of the colonists were ever found, though several people later told John Smith (Mr. Pocahontas) they had seen a few people wearing English clothing years later in other parts of Virginia.

This story never made much sense to me, because had the Roanoke colonists left peacefully and resettled, their presence would have been well known. Here is a typical content-free discussion from National Geographic.


Disappearing Act

Most researchers think the colonists likely encountered disease—caused by New World microbes their bodies had never encountered before—or violence.  The research team thinks that when the crisis—whatever that may have been—hit, the colonists split up into smaller groups and dispersed.

Have We Found the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island?

The National Geographic article contains nothing of any substance, just like their climate articles. But I just found this 1838 article by a man who surveyed the fort in 1816. He said there were two huge piles of bones found on the river bank just under the fort, and that the settlers were probably massacred by Indians right after they left Roanoke to move to Croaton Island. He also believed that his evidence of this was probably ignored.

Why don’t current historians mention these huge piles of bones near the fort?


23 Apr 1838, Page 1 – Weekly Raleigh Register at Newspapers.com

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16 Responses to History Is A Thing Of The Past

  1. Kathleen says:

    Summation: NG knows less than Your ob’t sev’t, S, but says it with more words.

  2. willys36 says:

    I don’t know what the problem is. I just went on Google Earth and found Roanke is right there. Why can’t Natl Geo cite that reference?

  3. Mark Luhman says:

    The reason the pile of bones is ignored is if was not they would be no more need for grants to study the lost colonists of Roanke.

    • David A says:

      Yes, but they could cast the bones to determine what the climate will do.

    • Ah! The finger that touches on the issue of incentive! Richard Nixon and Congress changed the tax code in 1971, adding subsidies to buy advertizing so sucker voters into backing parties already entrenched. That incentive for media whoring may well drown out any quest for knowledge–especially knowledge on the part of natives that their survival depended on repelling genocidal Christians. It wouldn’t do, for instance, for people of Jewish extraction in Europe to become too handily familiar with the concept. They might resist the advance of the benevolent Reich.

  4. Andy DC says:

    This says that Pocahontas was John Smith’s wife. I just read a week or so ago that she was John Rolfe’s wife. Which was it? Maybe she was a slut that slept around with everybody!

  5. Crashex says:

    It is impolite and racist to suggest that the native inhabitants of the area were anything but peaceful, friendly tribes; environmentally aware humans coexisting as one with the earth. Any such devastation of the settlers in mass is therefore necessarily the result of a hidden virulent disease.

    This article simply proves that every thought of anyone over 25 is simply ancient mythology from bigots and racists. Just the hint of such savagery is a microaggression to my spirit–I need to find a safe space.

    • RAH says:

      Yea they were peaceful. That’s why the basement of the old house in Pennsylvania my wife’s grandmother lived in had firing loopholes in the stone walled basement! LOL!

      Of course if I had people coming in and taking the land I needed to survive on or fishing the waters I depended on I wouldn’t be too peaceful either.

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