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They joined up with the Native Americans


Thanks, Chuck. I'm assuming you are responding to the earlier question about what happened to the colonists at the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke Island.

That they joined the Native Americans is one theory out there. There are other theories as well.

Thanks for posting your thoughts!

--Michelle Czaikowski, Government & Heritage Library


I am trying to learn more of the practice of and the reason for recorded brands and flesh marks. The court records from colonial period indicate that free people with register flesh marks, using specific terms such as swallow fork, upper keel, under keel, corupp, crop to identifify both free adults and children.


Thank you for posting your research topic. I am forwarding it to the reference staff at the Government & Heritage Library. The library is closed today (11/18/2011) as they are in an all-staff meeting. However, they should be in contact with you about it soon. You may call the Reference Staff at 919-807-7450 or email them at

I hope this will help you in your research.


Michelle Czaikowski, Digital Projects Librarian, Government & Heritage Library


The lost colony was the first English colony in north america and was only inhabited for two to three years. When john white,the governor of the colony went back to England to get supplies,the Spanish armada attacked England and Elizabeth I demanded that no ships leave England so John White had to stay for two years returning to the colony almost two years later. Upon arriving at the colony he discovered the colonists were gone!! What happened two them is still a mystery 400 years later do u know what happened to them?


What happened to the colonists continues to puzzle historians. Feel free to peruse the entries that relate to the Lost Colony:

Thank you for your comment.

--Michelle Czaikowski, Government & Heritage Library

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