Roanoke: The Lost English Colony

American History Hit

When it was founded in 1585, Roanoke was intended to be the first permanent English outpost in America. So how did it become the ‘lost colony’?

In this episode, Don is joined by Professor Mark Horton, archaeologist from the Royal Agricultural University in the UK. Together they delve into the mystery.

Why did John White take three years to return to the colony? What clues were left by the one hundred people missing from the island? And why did those who found the island abandoned not follow these clues to find their countrymen?