May 4, 2012

New Findings about the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

It's the week of finals and unfortunately, I haven't been doing much posting! I have a bunch of posts lined up some of them are half written, but my brain is being consumed by my finals and won't be available for my own use until next week. :D

But I did find this really cool article about the lost colony of Roanoke that I think merits sharing:

Drawn in invisible ink, is this the site of Walter Raleigh's lost colony?

Roanoke Colony was late 16th century attempt to establish a colony in the New World. The fort and colony are surrounded in mystery as it disappeared with few indications of what happened to the population. John White, an artist and later governor of the colony painted many detailed maps of the area but never indicated exactly where the fort was. Now it's been discovered that a flap on one of his maps covers a drawn fort.

Was this lozenge (the cartographer term for a fort on a map) a mistake? The real location of the fort? :D I can't wait to find out. People have been searching for it since its disappearance. Union soldiers even dug around the area during the Civil War. You can read about some of the location attempts here: America's Lost Colony.



6 comments:

  1. I've always been fascinated with the Lost Colony. Thanks for sharing the link!

    Hope all goes well for you with those finals!

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    1. Thanks, Jacqi! In some ways I want it to remain a secret but in some ways I really do want to know more!

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  2. Wow that's really cool! Where'd you find that? :)

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    1. I have no clue but I thought it was really neat.

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  3. This is really cool. :) Thanks for sharing the link. I can't wait to read more.

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    1. Thanks Jess, is your brain as mushy as mine is right now? :)

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