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.