In 1587, settlers from England arrived in what is now North Carolina to establish a colony at Roanoke Island. By 1590 they were gone. What happened to the colony has long been a mystery for historians, but experts are now getting "closer" to finding out what happened to the lost colony. Tanya Basu of National Geographic has the feature story.
Brent Lane of the First Colony Foundation discovered two patches on a centuries-old map of the area called La Virginea Pars and drawn by the colony's governor John White set off a new investigation which uncovered "a tiny red-and-blue symbol" possibly indicating "a fort or a secret emergency location." Experts wonder if the settlers, having left the colony, for whatever reason, might have relocated there.