Roanoke colony

Indian attack

The theory that local Indian tribes have forced the colonists to leave Roanoke and run away to find a safe place to live.

Facts that are supporting the theory:

  • there were tensions between Indians and colonists,
  • colonists had limited sources of food and limited weapons to defend themselves.

Facts that oppose the theory:

  • if the colonists were in danger they would not waste time and effort on dismantling the houses or leaving the sign on the post,
  • according to some sources the colonists were suppose to leave a sign of cross on the tree if they would be forced to leave the fort, yet there was no cross found,
  • the tension between colonists and local tribes would make the fort the only safe place to be - leaving it behind and moving inland would make no sense,
  • there were no signs of violence or struggle.


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