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villageMany of you may recall the account of one of the ill fated "first settlement" made in America.  The colony founded by Sir William Raleigh in 1587, mysteriously disappeared thirty three years before the Mayflower.

Known as "Fort Raleigh", the colony consisted of 150 men, women, and children, was left by its governor on what is now North Carolina's Roanoke Island when he returned to England to make a full report and return with new supplies and provision.  But after being delayed for a while by the Spanish Armada, Gov. John White returned to the settlement in 1590 to find it completely abandoned.

roanokeWhile to this day no one is really sure what happened to the settlement, the popular theories are that the undersupplied settlement were either taken by aggressive nearby tribes of natives taking advantage of their weakened alien neighbors or that the starving and abandoned settlers- with their options greatly limited- may have joined up with a local tribe of friendly Indians.

For four hundred some odd years, the fate of the "Lost Colony of Roanoke" has been a mystery...

But if Andy Powell has it his way, it won't stay a mystery for very much longer...

Andy Powell, the mayor of the English town of Bideford, is looking to unravel the mystery of the Lost American colony once and for all. Powell hypothesizes that the stranded colonists, with supplies running low and desperation setting in, may have taken up with a local tribe of Indians.  aug18_croatoanRumors of blue eyed Croatoans (an Indian tribe near the settlement believed to have been friendly with the colonists) as well as the word "CROATOAN"ominously scrawled on one of the walls of the abandoned settlement are the only evidence Powell has to justify his claims. But he does have a novel idea for finally solving the mystery.

"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 told the Guardian, a British newspaper.

TannerD20090902081117"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."

No word yet as to if any decedents of those first colonists have as of yet come forward to submit to testing (as well as if any members of the Croatoan nation have for that matter).  But rest assured, The Weekly Constitutional will be keeping an eye on this story and will let you know the second something (if anything) comes of this.

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