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The Different viewpoints of what happened to the missing peopleJamestown is thought by most of our general population to be the first colony in the New World This is only half true Jamestown is considered our first successful colony however it was not our first attempt at a colony There were a few attempts to colonize the New World before Jamestown and one in particular that is found to be interesting is Raleigh also known as the Lost Colony It received this name due to the fact that the colonists that settled this colony disappeared very mysteriously This poses the question of What happened to the people of Raleigh There are many different viewpoints of what occurred to the colonists and the goal here is to address each one of themIn England a document signed on January 7 1587 created a governing body called the Governor and Assistants of the City of Raleigh in Virginia John White an illustrator and map maker was appointed governor Then on May 5 1587 eighty-five men seventeen women and eleven children boarded the ships heading for the New World The plan was originally designed for the colony to settle at Chesapeake Bay however on July 22 1587 Simao Fernandes the ship captain of the expedition decided to drop everyone off at Roanoke Island the site of a previous expedition called Greenville instead of pushing up the coast to the Chesapeake Bay John White believed that they would reunite with the fifteen colonists left behind from the previous expedition Instead he only found the bones of one of the men obviously slain by natives the previous autumn and discovered no signs of the other fourteen men The colonists decided to rebuild the old fortress and buildings and pursue to Chesapeake Bay the following spring After about a month of unloading Fernandes decided time was drawing near for his departure from the New World With his departure imminent the colony
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