The Mystery of Roanoke, the first Anglican community in the New World

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    The colony of Roanoke is a famous mystery, as it's known as the "Lost Colony". It is also the first Anglican community in the New World.


    However, Lee Miller theorizes in her book "Roanoke" that the colonists were part of a movement in England called the Separatists. She writes:
    https://books.google.com/books?id=A...HdvPAuoQ6AEIKjAC#v=onepage&q=anglican&f=false



    Scholars still debate what the full story is about the colony's disaster.

    This article says that scholars may have found where some of the colonists went:
    What happened was that investigators took a closer look at an old map in an English archive in the UK and found what appeared to be a covered-up symbol for a fort in another part of Virginia/NC, and then they detected cannons and coffins there with radar. But why would someone in the UK have covered up the symbol for the second fort so that it could not be found?

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    Above is the map with highlighting showing the patch up. Without the highlighting, the map looks like this:

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    You can read the rest of the essay here:
    http://pages.jh.edu/jhumag/1101web/roanoke.html

    This looks like an interesting essay too:
     
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    For more reading:

    A fresh take on a 400 year old mystery
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=SAgGAAAAIBAJ&pg=2455,6403286&hl=en

    THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE Uncovering a conspiracy that killed the first English settlers in America
    http://www.alex.k12.in.us/highschoo...mester/The Conspiracy that Killed Roanoke.pdf

    Raleigh’s 1587 Lost Colony
    By Fred Willard
    http://www.lost-colony.com/Link_Fix_Test.pdf
    This essay proposes that the colonists moved 50 miles inland and traded in sassafras.
     
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    One debate has been whether the Powhatan massacred the Roanoke colony because there was a report from Jamestown that they had. But scholars are often skeptical about this, as the Powhatan land was far to the north of Roanoke. One idea that occurs to me is that what the Powhatan actually had in mind was their massacre of the Spanish mission near Jamestown in 1570.
    See here for mention of that incident: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00437956.1982.11435719
     
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    Very interesting.
     
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    The first mystery is whether the English government or a faction in it intentionally sabotaged the colony and doomed it. Le Miller's theory focuses on the role of Walsingham:
    http://pages.jh.edu/~jhumag/1101web/roanoke.html

    See also: Reader's Digest the Truth about History By Reader's Digest

     
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