The Settlement at Roanoke
The Lost Colony tells the story of the first English settlement in the New World, which is one of America’s oldest unsolved mysteries. The settlers arrived and established Roanoke in 1587. When supplies ran low, the governor of the new colony sailed back to England to replenish the colony’s stock. Governor John White arrived as a war was breaking out between Spain and England. Queen Elizabeth I ordered every available ship to assist against the Spanish Armada. White was not able to return to Roanoke until 1590. When he arrived, there was no trace of the colony, with little information on what may have happened. Many have investigated the disappearance of the colony in the centuries since, with no definitive answers until researchers had a big break in the mystery in 2020.