In 1587, a group of English colonists landed on Roanoke Island, located on the coast of present-day North Carolina. Financed by influential courtier Sir Walter Raleigh, the colony sought to become England's first permanent settlement in the New World. The colony's governor, John White, reluctantly agreed to go back to England to obtain more supplies, but England's war with Spain and other setbacks delayed his return for three years. When he arrived at Roanoke Island in 1590, the island was deserted. The colonists had left behind a cryptic message, but a powerful storm forced the ships carrying White and his supplies to sail back to England before investigating further. Later efforts to find them produced only a few clues about their fate. Historians, writers, and others have developed different theories to explain the mysterious disappearance of Raleigh's Lost Colony. Roanoke explores the questions surrounding this American colony.
For years, explorers and archaeologists have gone on the hunt to look for ancient civilizations and legendary cities. Many of these lost cities have mysteriously disappeared, leaving only traces of the people that had been there before. How could an entire civilization vanish, if indeed it ever existed? In lost worlds and Mysterious Civilizations, students will learn about the citizens and culture of these lost worlds, what happened to them, and what impact they have had on history.