Social Studies 5: The First English Colonies
We don't blame the new settlers for abandoning Roanoke. If we sailed up on a creepy ghost town island like that, we'd be rowin' oak as fast as we could all the way back to England.
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Roanoke Island, one of the very first English colonies in America.
It all started with a man named Sir Walter Raleigh, who looked exactly like you would
expect someone from the 16th century to look. [Walter Raleigh appears]
Funny hat? Check. Curly mustache? Check. Ridiculous looking clothing? Check check check.
Raleigh started a colony of about 100 men on Roanoke Island, but he never actually went [Colony arrives on an island in a ship]
himself, the lazy cat.
Of course, the local native peoples weren't too happy, prompting fights between
the two groups. [Natives and colonists fighting]
But hey, you probably wouldn't be too pleased if 100 men moved into your house and started
hogging the remote so they could watch Dancing With the Stars, or something… [Colonist watching TV in natives home]
Thankfully, another guy by the name of Sir Francis Drake just happened to stop by on
one of his voyages.
He saw all the fighting, was like, "guys, this looks painful and bad, wanna just go
home to England and have some tea?" and all the settlers were like, "yes, please. Can
we watch Dancing With the Stars, too?" [Settlers agree to watch Dancing with the Stars]
…Okay, maybe that last part isn't true, but they did all go home.
But here's where some weird stuff starts happening...
When Raleigh sent some supplies over, he found the entire island abandoned. So he left some
men to guard the island until some more settlers could arrive. [Men guarding the island]
But when those settlers arrived, they found the island yet again abandoned.
Obviously, they were a bit weirded out, so they asked Raleigh to send more help.
And when he did... you guessed it, those settlers found the island abandoned again!
And if that's not "spooky horror movie" enough for you, then get this: the only clue these
new settlers found on the island was the name of a nearby island, Croatoan [Croatoan carved into a tree]
carved into a tree.
The mystery of this island has never been solved, despite it being officially the #1
creepiest thing to happen in the history of America –well, except for maybe the original
Ronald McDonald…talk about nightmare material– but it didn't stop settlers from coming over [Children run away from Ronald McDonald]
and establishing new colonies.
But seeing as the first winter in the New World resulted in the death of more than half
the colonists due to disease, starvation, and war, maybe they should have heeded this [Colonist sitting by a camp fire]
super-duper creepy warning a bit more.
No, not the McDonald's thing. Who's making this video?
Because as a general rule of thumb, any time there's an ominous word carved into a tree
on an abandoned island, well, that's a pretty good sign that you should just turn back home [Boy and girl walking along a path]
and never, ever leave again.
No matter how much you're craving McNuggets and a McFlurry. [Ronald McDonald appears behind a tree]