Thursday, June 29, 2017

Roanoke: The Persistent Mystery of a Lost Colony

Last fall, North Carolina’s lost colony of Roanoke was brought back to the nation’s attention as the setting of a TV series, “American Horror Story.” The show’s sixth season loosely followed the 16th century history of the first attempt by the English to colonize the new world, though portrayed it as a bizarre ghost story. That version of the story is news as far as locals know. Those interviewed don’t know of any such legend. (What’s more, it was filmed in Los Angeles, rather than the Carolina coast, showing mountains in the background.) In spite of those drawbacks, the series received good ratings. 
For those of us who’d like to let folks know the real story of the Lost Colony, well, that can be a little tricky. No one is sure what happened to the first English settlement in the New World, which is what makes the story so intriguing.

What we know.

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