This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This Day in History...

August 18, 1587 - An expedition led by Sir Walter Raleigh landed at what is now Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The Roanoke Colony became famous for "disappearing." One of the leaders, John White, left the colony to return to England to get much needed supplies. He expected to return within three months. Instead he ended up trapped in England because of the impending invasion by the Spanish Armada and all ships were confiscated for military use. He was not able to return to Roanoke until 1590. When he finally got there, all the colonists had disappeared and the only thing he found were the letters "CRO" carved into a tree and the word "CROATOAN" carved into a fence post. Before he could explore further a hurricane arose, damaging his ships and forcing him back to England. He was never able to raise enough money to return to America. He died many years later never knowing what had become of his family.

The 117 Roanoke Colonists simply vanished into the wilderness.

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