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Ancient Map Gives Clue to Fate of 'Lost Colony' (Britain's Roanoke Island in the Late 16th Century)
The Telegraph ^ | 04 May 2012 | The Telegraph

Posted on 05/05/2012 1:51:27 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

A new look at a 425-year-old map has yielded a tantalising clue about the fate of the Lost Colony, the settlers who disappeared from Britain's Roanoke Island in the late 16th century.

Lost Colony Roanoke Island

Experts from the First Colony Foundation and the British Museum in London discussed their findings Thursday at a scholarly meeting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Their focus: the "Virginia Pars" map of Virginia and North Carolina created by explorer John White in the 1580s and owned by the British Museum since 1866.

"We believe that this evidence provides conclusive proof that they moved westward up the Albemarle Sound to the confluence of the Chowan and Roanoke rivers," said James Horn, vice president of research and historical interpretation at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and author of a 2010 book about the Lost Colony.

"Their intention was to create a settlement. And this is what we believe we are looking at with this symbol – their clear intention, marked on the map ..."

The American and British scholars believe the fort symbol could indicate where the settlers went. The British researchers joined the Thursday meeting via webcast.

In a joint announcement, the museums said, "First Colony Foundation researchers believe that it could mark, literally and symbolically, 'the way to Jamestown.' As such, it is a unique discovery of the first importance."

White made the map and other drawings when he travelled to Roanoke Island in 1585 on an expedition commanded by Sir Ralph Lane. In 1587, a second colony of 116 English settlers landed on Roanoke Island, led by White. He left the island for England for more supplies but couldn't return again until 1590 because of the war between England and Spain.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: archaeology; britain; croatoan; godsgravesglyphs; lostcolony; missing; mystery; newworld; northcarolina; roanoke
Lost Colony Roanoke Island

Attached to the map are two patches. One patch appears to merely correct a mistake on the map, but the other – in what is modern-day Bertie County in northeastern North Carolina – hides what appears to be a fort. Another symbol, appearing to be the very faint image of a different kind of fort, is drawn on top of the patch.

1 posted on 05/05/2012 1:51:38 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv

Neat. Saw this earlier, but didn’t have a chance to post it.


2 posted on 05/05/2012 2:01:20 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands; DogByte6RER

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Engraved-on-His-hands.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 05/05/2012 2:16:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: DogByte6RER

Way cool.


4 posted on 05/05/2012 2:19:52 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: DogByte6RER
It is interesting people are still hypothesizing about the Lost Colony. When we visited there a few years ago, they were unofficially saying “Croatoan” was the name of a group of natives that lived near Cape Hatteras. There is evidence that there were some “Caucasian” natives found there centuries later.
5 posted on 05/05/2012 4:04:42 PM PDT by shatcher
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To: DogByte6RER
"First Colony Foundation researchers believe that it could mark, literally and symbolically, 'the way to Jamestown.'

My Garmin can mark the way to Jamestown, 'cause Jamestown ain't the lost colony. If this can reveal the fate of Roanoke, then cool.

6 posted on 05/05/2012 4:29:35 PM PDT by Brass Lamp
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To: DogByte6RER

So are they saying that the ‘Lost Colony’ wasn’t ‘lost’ at all, it just moved upriver?


7 posted on 05/05/2012 8:15:09 PM PDT by SuziQ
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