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The lost colony of Roanoke the theories to explain its disappearance


The settlement of Roanoke from Croatoan island is a mystery to historians. It was an early village of English people on the American land. Colonists were not successful surviving on the new territory, and the settlement just vanished once their governor went back to England. When he returned back in 3 years time, he found no people and even no homes they lived in.

It is very unnatural for the whole village to vanish, people and houses altogether. Historians put forwards a few theories to explain the mystic phenomenon. First, English people are thought to have left the village and settle at the Chesapeake Bay. There they probably have been killed by the Natives. On the other hand, colonists might have been killed by Native Americans yet on the Croatoan island. Historians claim that the Natives were capable of hiding bodies. They also might have taken parts of the houses for their own purposes.

The impact of European colonization on Native Americans?


The journeys of Christopher Columbus considerably changed the life in the Americas and Europe. Striving to conquer new lands, conquistadors found two new continents that turned out just as lucrative as the already-discovered Africa and Asia. There was gold and there were people who mined this gold for the colonialists that enslaved them.
Europeans brought horses to the Americas, there was little good from the conquest. Many tribes became enslaved, some of them went extinct in a short while. Colonialists brought European diseases to which Native Americans had no immunity. Smallpox, measles, and whooping cough destroyed entire villages in the New World.
The arrival of Europeans was marked with the appearance of horses and livestock in the Americas. Native people found horses very useful as they allowed to trade, hunt, and escape the danger much faster. Livestock made the diet of the Natives more diverse. Europeans also brought sugar cane and coffee that grew successfully in the Caribbeans.