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For centuries the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island has been a controversial issue Many theories exist that explain the disappearance of the colony Some theories suggest that the colonists left the island to live with friendly neighboring Indians Others suggest that a hurricane wiped out the colony or that a savage Indian tribe massacred them The possibility of disease destroying them is also a debated topic However evidence indicates that the men and women left behind on Roanoke Island departed safely from the island and took refuge with the Croatoan IndiansIn 1587 a group of men women and children led by Sir John White set sail for America and landed on a North Carolina island called Roanoke Shirley 36 However the colonists landed in North America at the wrong time of the year Planting season was too far gone to attempt planting growing and harvesting food and the need for food was prevalent in the colony Worth 25 Months after the colonists had landed John White returned to England to obtain more food and other needed supplies The colonists remained to fend for themselves and that was the last John White sawof the colonistsThree points in particular boldly stress the orderly departure of the colonists to live with the Indians First the colonists had a close relationship with the Croatoan IndiansThis relationship resulted from John Whites acquaintance with a scout named ManteoOne noted author says that Manteo and his tribe the Croatoan tribe were the only Indians who remained friendly towards the colonists and as commanded by one of their leaders the English baptized our savage Manteo and made him lord of Roanoke Horwitz 303 Making Manteo lord of Roanoke demonstrated the good relationship the Croatoans and the colonists had and that the colonists greatly trusted and respected ManteoFurthermore physical evidence shows that after John White left the colony to return to England the colonists intermarried with the Indians According to David Beers Quinn author
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