The genesis of unrivaled America’s oldest unsettled mysteries can be slotted back in the wake of 1587 when a group of about one hundred and fifteen English settlers reaches Roanoke Island. Ideally, the sailors had arrived at Roanoke Island with their leader John White a governor from Virginia. John White, the mission was to search for his daughter Eleanor and her husband, Anania’s dare and indeed any English settler on the Island.

Amazingly, the colonists that showed up in 1587 went missing in 1590, leaving two traces of cues: the term “Croatoan” engraved into a fort’s gatepost and “Cro” inscribed into a tree. Speculations concerning their whereabouts have varied from exterminating illnesses to hostile havoc by the Native local American tribes.

Apparently, the lost settlers followed the second group of British settlers to show up on Roanoke Island. The initial group main mission was to peruse and map the land for the coming groups. The second group got in with a military and scientific expedition. The coming of the second group was far from restful.

That marked the beginning of tensions and according to historians, this second group was sent away in 1586 by Native local American tribes infuriated that the settlers had an intention of ceasing fertile land and resources. On the arrival of the third group in the wake of 1587, with families alongside a group of ninety men, meant that they were out to settle in the Roanoke and not out for a military mission.

On the basis of the majority of researchers, there was this school of thought that the settlers likely experienced some kind of disease caused by microbes from the Roanoke. In certain instance, the researchers alluded to the fact that when the crisis emerged the settlers split up into smaller groups and spread out. This was a strategy that the settlers were instigated to do whenever disaster occurred. This was definitely one of the ways that they could have survived.

Other theories suggest that the settlers may have deserted Roanoke and journey several distances south to as Croatoan Island.  However, scientists have noted a neighboring site of a small Native American town named Mettaquem that could have been taken up some of the settlers. In essence, according to researchers much had not being said about the Mettaquem and its habitats, its presence had been confirmed. Perhaps the settlers were abducted or killed; other theories hold that they may have decided to cruise back to England and got lost at sea or encountered a murderous end at the hands of Spaniards or rather as they moved deeper in the land were assimilated into the hospitable tribe.

During the same period reports indicated that European captives at different Indian settlements in the similar period. Subsequently, other claims suggest that the now extinct Saponi of Person County is descended from the English settlers of Roanoke Island. Additionally, certain tribes proclaiming partial descent from surviving Roanoke settlers include the Catawba and the people who call themselves the Lumbee. Other proclaim that the settlers had resettled westward to the shores of the Chowan river, while others claim that after being evaded by Wanchese and Powhatan, the settlers spread out to multiple locations. On account of other theories, the Spaniards may have attacked the Colony and massacre the habitats, as in the said century, the Spanish had some hands in the destruction of the French colony.