there was a word carved into a tree where a whole community had disappeared. what was it?

There was a whole community of settlers. A ship came the following year to discover that everyone had just vanished. A tree in the village have a word scratched into it. I believe the word started with CRO** not sure what the rest of the word was... hoping someone can help....... thank you!!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In 1590 a search of Roanoke Island in America found only a word carved on a post, CROATOAN and the three letters CRO cut into a tree trunk on the edge of a cliff.

    The Roanoke Colony was the first English colony in the New World. It was founded at Roanoke Island in what was then Virginia (now North Carolina).

    The end of the 1587 colony is unrecorded (leading to its being known as the "Lost Colony"), and there are multiple theories on the fate of the colonists. The principal theory is that they dispersed and were absorbed by either the local Croatan or Hatteras Indians, or still another Algonquian people; it has yet to be established if they did assimilate with one or other of the native populations.

    The Lumbee, an indigenous people living to the southwest of Roanoke Island in present-day Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, and Cumberland counties, North Carolina, were purported to be the descendants of some of the "Lost Colony" settlers. Members of the "Lost Colony", had carved a single word into a tree: "Croatoan" (also spelled Croatan) [2]. Despite John White's difficulty in locating the settlers, about fifty years later, the Croatan people were reportedly found to be practicing Christianity.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Jamestown, Virginia, was the name of the community, and Croatoan was the word carved into the tree. Croatoan was a nearby peninsula that led to the mainland, as Jamestown was on an island. The vanished settlers most likely went inland and integrated themselves with the local Indian tribes. It was hard to survive in those days all alone just a few dozen people without resources...

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  • 1 decade ago

    What you're speaking of is the colony of Roanoke, sometimes referred to as the "lost colony". There is still some speculation as to what the meaning of the word that was carved into the tree actually meant. The word was "Croatoan" and was thought to stand for a nearby island, there the settlement had moved to, since there was already talk of moving it inland. Some also believe that the word actually refers to a native American tribe that lived in the area at the time. Some historians originally thought that perhaps the villagers were killed brutally by the Native American tribe, but others contend that perhaps they intermarried, since later they would find Native American peoples with blue eyes and other Anglo characteristics.

    I found a good link for you to get more information from: http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/hh/16/h...

    Just scroll down to (e)- The lost colony portion.

    Hope this helped. ;)

    Source(s): Visited Roanoke about 6 years ago. Interesting place if you get the chance to go.
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  • 1 decade ago

    it was CROATOAN, which many believe to be indicative of a tribe of Native Americans that may have captured the residents. It was actually in Roanoke, VA not Jamestown. Jamestown was actually a quite successful colony.

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  • 1 decade ago

    "CROATOAN"

    The colonists were probably saying they had gone native, went to live with the Croatoan Indians, since they weren't making it on their own. It was in North Carolina.

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  • Steph
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    1 decade ago

    I believe it was Crotoan.

    Hm, I found a site.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was Jamestown,VA and the word was "Croatoan".

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  • 1 decade ago

    Didn't know about this but glad I came in and learned something.

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  • 1 decade ago

    croatan

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  • 1 decade ago

    CROATOAN

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