It was a hot August night in 1590. John White had spent weeks at sea. Finally, he spotted Roanoke Island, near what is now North Carolina. He couldn’t wait to see the family and friends he had left behind three years earlier.
But when White got to the island, no one was there. The houses had been taken apart. Weeds grew everywhere. One word was carved into a post: CROATOAN. It was the name of an island 50 miles south. Had everyone moved there?
Storms kept White from finding out. He had to return to England. To this day, no one knows what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke.