New Clue in Case of Sir Walter Raleigh Lost ColonySubmitted by Charleston Voice on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 17:30
Monday, May 14, 2012 5:27
New Clue in Case of Sir Walter Raleigh Lost Colony
What became of the 120 explorers who tried to establish England’s first colony on the north east coast of America has baffled historians for more than 400 years.
The enterprise took place in the 1580s, was carried out by the English explorer Sir Ralph Lane and was organised and financed by the celebrated voyager Sir Walter Raleigh, who had hoped that the expedition would establish a capital in the New World. (1)
But instead of establishing a permanent English settlement on Roanoke Island a mystery arose; The explorers involved in the voyage disappeared, alongside any evidence of a settlement.
One popular theory behind the explorers’ disappearance is that natives executed them. Although the fate of the colonists has never been determined and what has became known as the infamous ‘Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colony’ has become rooted in American folklore.
sir walter raleighThis month, researchers working on solving the infamous and ancient ‘lost colony’ mystery have become a step closer to a solution that could be sitting right under a golf course in Bertie County.
Historic Map Offers a Clue
According to the Chicago Tribune, researchers at the British Museum in London, acting at the request of archaeologists and historians in North Carolina, found a symbol on a map that was created by John White, lead explorer of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Roanoke Colony expedition.
Asides being an explorer, White was a distinguished artist and according to the Daily Mail, his map is ‘considerably accurate’, and some of White’s other works are also held in the British Museum. (2)
Brent Lane, a professor of Heritage Education at the University of North Carolina Kenan Institute and a scholar with the First Colony Foundation, was analysing the map and was intrigued by two small patches of paper that were pasted on the map. (3)