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August 18, 1590: What Happened to Roanoke?
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August 18, 1590: What Happened to Roanoke?

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Today in 1590, colonist John White returned to Roanoke (now Dare Country, NC) after a 3-year absence to find his entire colony had disappeared without a trace. The only clue ever found was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a tree. Roanoke has since become known as The Lost Colony. To this day no hard evidence has been found to back up any theories about the disappearance. The Roanoke mystery became the focal point of the sixth season of FX’s American Horror Story, and was the inspiration for the season 2 episode “Croatoan” of the CW’s Supernatural.