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November 1, 2010, Volume 1

History Mystery: Lost U.S. Colony Found at Last?
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A 1585 map of the Chesapeake Bay area by colonist John White

England: An English mayor hopes to solve one of the biggest mysteries in American history: what happened to the settlers from the "Lost Colony?"

Andy Powell, mayor of Bideford, is convinced the English settlers who mysteriously disappeared from today's  Roanoke Island, NC, joined the local Native American tribe. He says this can be verified with DNA evidence in both America and Britain.

John Smith map believed published in 1990

There are also tales of blue-eyed Croatoans and white men who were spotted in the tribe. This also supports Powell's belief, but historians  still can't verify what really happened.

"What we now need is to establish if there are any living family descendants of those lost colonists living here in the U.K., and from them produce a reference library of DNA to match the American results against," Powell said .

"If we are right and there are descendants of those lost colonists alive in America today, then Bideford will become known for having played a pivotal role in the founding of America 33 years before the Mayflower set sail."

The settlers of the Lost Colony reportedly left England in 1587 and set up a colony that was friendly with the local Croatoan tribe.

In 1590, new colonists arrived to find the settlement completely deserted. The only trace left behind was the word "Croatoan" etched in a post.

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