The Mysterious Disappearance of Roanoke Colony

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Makayla M
Makayla M Acum 9 ore
this on my school too
Krista Alexander
Krista Alexander Acum 13 ore
Here's my theory. They were not kidnapped or stolen they left of their own volition. Carving a message into a tree takes time it's not like writing on paper. If they were kidnapped they would not have had time to do that.
Whoops! Wrong Planet.
Whoops! Wrong Planet. Acum 13 ore
Next time my crush disappears, I'm going to ask him why he Roanoked me lol.
David Harrison
David Harrison Acum 17 ore
Why did the manikin move it’s head at 17:24
Jacob Gigstead
Jacob Gigstead Acum 17 ore
Zombies one can't be real
Antonio Manaserian
Antonio Manaserian Acum o Zi
17:21 I noticed that the mannequin moved its head. Is it supposed to do that or did I just crap myself over nothing?
Faty Solo
Faty Solo Acum o Zi
At 17:21 look behind shane. Thats weird
gkm3838
gkm3838 Acum o Zi
The big mystery here is that there is such a thing as "The Zombie Research Society".
thatgirlamelia
thatgirlamelia Acum 2 Zile
lets be honest most of us are here from history class.
Joseph Turner
Joseph Turner Acum 2 Zile
Sounds like one of the supplies they needed more of was... WOMEN.
TeenCrayfish
TeenCrayfish Acum 2 Zile
ANOTHER THEORY: I was recently in Jamestown Virginia and there was another interesting theory that came to mind. When the Founder of the Jamestown Colony John Smith talked with the Leader of the Powhatan tribe he told Smith he had seen his kind before. At this period of time, the only English settlers had been the lost colony. When smith asked where he said they were staying with a tribe at the Chesapeake Bay area (present day Norfolk). Not only that he showed smith and english made rifle that the tribe had given to him.
Miller Whetzel
Miller Whetzel Acum 3 Zile
Who didn’t learn about this in middle and elementary school??
Games Cooky
Games Cooky Acum 3 Zile
I think it makes sense if the colonists decided to resettle somewhere else. The main issue was lack of resources right? So perhaps they ran out of resources and realized that waiting for the supplies from Britain was going to take too long. And so they resettled to a better settlement with more natural resources in order to survive.
Chandler Ignatowicz
Chandler Ignatowicz Acum 3 Zile
What's actually weird about the message "Croatoan" is that the colonists were instructed to leave a 4-arrow cross if they're ever in distress...yet no such cross was ever made.
robinsdemonhunter
robinsdemonhunter Acum 5 Zile
Does anyone notice the men in black in the backs head move from 1720-1730???
thatgirlamelia
thatgirlamelia Acum 2 Zile
OH NVM
thatgirlamelia
thatgirlamelia Acum 2 Zile
time stamp?
homegrowntwinkie
homegrowntwinkie Acum 5 Zile
Just FYI if anyones actually interested in a really, really in depth, truthful version of this story I HIGHLY recommend checking out The Chilluminati podcast episode about it.
Travis S.
Travis S. Acum 6 Zile
it wasn't aliens, it definitely wasn't zombies. probably some of the people were taken by native americans and integrated into the tribe like the one theory suggests, and eventually people from that tribe separated from it and re-integrated into a group of its own or something and went to where that supposed "fort" was on the map. i think it's more likely than those outlandish theory's
The Actual Chief Kenwab
The Actual Chief Kenwab Acum 6 Zile
8:55 has easily the best line from Shane ever
Misty Supreme biatch
Misty Supreme biatch Acum 6 Zile
AHS
Sarita Mae Acebuche
Sarita Mae Acebuche Acum 6 Zile
Im glad I read the comment section while watching. if not, I would've freaked out when the mannequin's head moved
Hwasa Sol
Hwasa Sol Acum 7 Zile
Idk man this manteo and john white are giving me gay vibes
June Eva K
June Eva K Acum 7 Zile
So y'all will just act like that mannequin didn't move its head a whole 180°. And that's the end of me sleeping at night
john murphy
john murphy Acum 7 Zile
the mannequin moved at last!
Jovani Torres
Jovani Torres Acum 8 Zile
Native kidnapping also people easter and have bones was tools women slaves and interbreeding
Mollie Miner
Mollie Miner Acum 8 Zile
we had to learn about this in school last year and my class really clung onto the idea that it was mass cannibalism. we went into a mini investigation like this, and we were given (i think) three theories to support, which was they were attacked, they moved to croatoan, or they went to the fort. all of the kids really liked the idea that it was cannibalism though, and we continued to tell our teacher that it was the only plausible answer. the zombie apocalypse part of that theory doesn’t really make sense though, given that if they were able to easily go inland or to the croatoan island, the disease could spread and wipe out the population.
Diane Caffrey
Diane Caffrey Acum 9 Zile
anyone else think of phineas and ferb every time they said “aglet”
Haha no
Haha no Acum 9 Zile
Blonde hair and blue eyes is also the result of incest so-
Maia Malfoy
Maia Malfoy Acum 9 Zile
Isn't there a possibility that the colonists were lost at sea?
Lisa Green
Lisa Green Acum 9 Zile
17:21 I noticed that the mannequin moved its head. Is it supposed to do that or did I just crap myself over nothing?
thatgirlamelia
thatgirlamelia Acum 2 Zile
it aint supposed to do that o-o
Hijam Rahul
Hijam Rahul Acum 10 Zile
What if the bodies were burned???
Emperor Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine Acum 10 Zile
lol my teacher showed this to us
Sunny Podbelsek
Sunny Podbelsek Acum 10 Zile
im dying the mannequin moves his head at 17:30
Haunted West
Haunted West Acum 10 Zile
"Why did they leave Roanoke island?" Because they sent a ship for supplies and it was gone for 3 years? Seriously at some point after about 15 months someone had to have said "I don't think they're coming back"
Unknown Entity
Unknown Entity Acum 10 Zile
John White tried to find them only twice then was like “Alright they must have vanished, too bad” And also of course the internet boiled it down too ALIENS and ZOMBIES
Chris Towell
Chris Towell Acum 10 Zile
National Treasure = Rip off of Indiana Jones.
anthony mo
anthony mo Acum 11 Zile
Im fawken hoooorni. I know I can't be the only one feeling thay
Liesel Fiebke
Liesel Fiebke Acum 11 Zile
Perhaps they ate each other and then went to live with the natives... Idk about this group but some older societies were not against cannibalism. That would explain the lack of clues...who wants to be discovered by their governor after they've already eaten their fellow settlers?
Prison Mike
Prison Mike Acum 11 Zile
Aight soooo are we all here rn ? Two years later....?😌✋
Matt Towle
Matt Towle Acum 11 Zile
My class used this in social studies lol- forgot to mention were in 5 grade- we watched it in a thing called "edPuzzle" and all the parts where they swear are cut out. AHAHHHAHA-
Ashley Spratlin
Ashley Spratlin Acum 11 Zile
17:20 I'm sorry, but WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE BACKGROUND?
Cartman 13
Cartman 13 Acum 12 Zile
So Croatians Explored America
Glxtch YT
Glxtch YT Acum 12 Zile
ooh i love this mystery
Tom Habby
Tom Habby Acum 12 Zile
I’ll bet my house that theory #4 is aliens.
Mike Coxlong
Mike Coxlong Acum 13 Zile
WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THE MOVING MANNEQUIN IN THE BACKGROUND!!!!! AHHHH
Jackson Camania
Jackson Camania Acum 13 Zile
So ghosting is already a trend in the 17th century.
Number wa an
Number wa an Acum 13 Zile
Who came here from school
LizzieBelina
LizzieBelina Acum 13 Zile
The tribes have European items. The children have blue/gray eyes. They had some indigenous people that were friendly to the colony. Hmmm. Nope it was definitely aliens. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️
Ron Ronson
Ron Ronson Acum 13 Zile
Did this other guy go to school at all. It is literally impossible for you to graduate at a USA high school grade level and also have an intelligence greater than a roll of wet paper towels, and still not have heard of Roanoke colony.
Lily Hefer
Lily Hefer Acum 13 Zile
17:20 uhh the Mannequin.. it's moving
Master of Beep
Master of Beep Acum 14 Zile
in grade school i learned about this and the murder of pearl bryan, so yeah i guess i had a weird school too
Tida Wildish
Tida Wildish Acum 14 Zile
I give up trying to watch this video. Have to skip forward. Youre not funny, cease your foolish blabbering.
Poor Sod
Poor Sod Acum 14 Zile
Fun fact the Miami zombie had no drugs in his system besides weed
Jackson Graham
Jackson Graham Acum 14 Zile
We talked about this in school
Useful Pineapple
Useful Pineapple Acum 14 Zile
I live somewhat nearby Roanoke Island (South eastern Virginia to be exact) and I’ve visited the island a few times. It’s a very nice little town, however it’s kinda creepy to stand there, especially at night, knowing that people just magically disappeared there over 400 years ago. The whole Outer Banks and South eastern Virginia area have a very interesting history, especially when it comes to ship wrecks and alleged hauntings.
Kooper Hamlin
Kooper Hamlin Acum 14 Zile
Video trump 2020 Please
Stanley Farnsworth
Stanley Farnsworth Acum 14 Zile
Funny I subscribed and hit the bell.
Verne Fits
Verne Fits Acum 14 Zile
alien theory my fav.
Dhruv Kumar
Dhruv Kumar Acum 14 Zile
A genocide happened before white left. This story is incompletly
alex jones
alex jones Acum 15 Zile
john white: then leave peace out
Bri J
Bri J Acum 16 Zile
Lmao John went away for 3 years while they were struggling and he expected them to be in the same place with replenished food? He really said "Well... YOLO"
Kirsty Charlie
Kirsty Charlie Acum 16 Zile
Talks about supernatural causes and then the mannequin head moves 🤣
FlynnNova
FlynnNova Acum 16 Zile
The zombie plauge theory was the basis for an episode of Supernatural
Belton Tisdale
Belton Tisdale Acum 17 Zile
I laugh at all these alien theories getting shoehorned in all the time
TrIgGeRHaPpYTJ
TrIgGeRHaPpYTJ Acum 17 Zile
My theory is they went to the croatan island waiting for White to return or maybe something supernatural
Stephanie Schnipke
Stephanie Schnipke Acum 17 Zile
this story was literally a whole lesson in my history text book in high school. I was always shocked that not every high school student learned about this event.
Wil Grey
Wil Grey Acum 17 Zile
**laughs in historian's son**
Turkish_ Albino
Turkish_ Albino Acum 18 Zile
So the aliens just came and abducted the white Europeans on Roanoke? That's a bit racist.
Globalklaus
Globalklaus Acum 18 Zile
Colony captures on Croatan island: "Do not fret, my friends! I managed to carve our location in a tree before our abduction. Soon the might of the royal navy will unleash hell upon these savages!" 500 years later Native American dude does 23 And Me DNA test: "Wtf?"
James Kurt
James Kurt Acum 18 Zile
I always have this play in the background and I had both your voices switched
maggPi Prime
maggPi Prime Acum 18 Zile
Sigh. I believe in ghosts, I believe in aliens. The idea of zombies scares the crap outta me. But I'm definitely with Shane on this one.
Sierra Angeleen Hidatsa
Sierra Angeleen Hidatsa Acum 18 Zile
My grandma told me that the lost colony didn't have ancestors here so they had no one to tell them not to touch a certain flower which in our language it means burning flower. It's an old flower from our folklore and myths. The flower looks pretty and tastes sweet but if you use it it will burn you up on the inside the next morning . And so my grandma says that the colony found these rare flowers and needed food so they ate them and the next day they all just turned to dust.
Jade-India Balmer
Jade-India Balmer Acum 19 Zile
Just to let y'all know! This mystery has apparently been solved by archaeologist this month?!? There's a few articles on it, go look!
Henchman1243
Henchman1243 Acum 19 Zile
17:20 look at the man in black
Simply Sophia
Simply Sophia Acum 20 Zile
No one, The entire colony: peace out 🤪✌️
Nolan Bowler
Nolan Bowler Acum 20 Zile
Did you guys see the mannequin head move at 17:20
Monika saini
Monika saini Acum 20 Zile
The colony sus.
Seek1878
Seek1878 Acum 20 Zile
Um, the colonists were TOLD that if they moved they should carve the new location on a tree...and they did that. Why are people confused? And good luck leaving a PAPER note that will last three years...
Maddie Equestrian
Maddie Equestrian Acum 21 o Zi
Is it possible that because they settled on the coast they had a graveyard there and as sea levels have risen in the past their entire town and buried bodies were engulfed underwater explaining why no bodies have ever been found?
SSO 881
SSO 881 Acum 21 o Zi
My theory is that the colony tried to go back to England because there was food and supplies shortages but their ship sinked in the middle of the journey
Secret Name
Secret Name Acum 22 Zile
I don't think he learned that from grade school, I think he did it himself
Maria Dwane
Maria Dwane Acum 22 Zile
saw this news today that might be interesting/good news www.goodnewsnetwork.org/broken-crockery-unearthed-in-north-carolina/?fbclid=IwAR1eYvuOw_d04HciGO3uUg6-MQOtpObjrHVnck-zN6gQcGhBFfmIyAkrDzI #PostMortem
Eva Voss
Eva Voss Acum 22 Zile
i too, heard about this in grade school.
Mario Vasquez
Mario Vasquez Acum 22 Zile
Zombies theory *exists* Shane “Aight Imma Head out”
Victoria Silva
Victoria Silva Acum 22 Zile
Lmao my teacher thought this was a actually video of “The lost colony of Roanoke” she told us to not mind the cussing but then they dropped a f bomb and turned it off we never got the learn about it
Emily Muse
Emily Muse Acum 22 Zile
Obviously, a demon biological weapon was used used making all the people go crazy and then the disappeared. 👍
Loser Queern
Loser Queern Acum 22 Zile
This is the most solved unsolved mystery in this series. Come on.
StressedPotato
StressedPotato Acum 23 Zile
Fun fact croatoan spelt backwards Was a word meaning death in some native tribes but like that might not mean anything
Luis Argueta
Luis Argueta Acum 23 Zile
This was the best part of middle school
Meoc Mystic
Meoc Mystic Acum 23 Zile
Thank for the information
Siôn Roberts
Siôn Roberts Acum 23 Zile
I bet the people just thought hmmm he has abandoned us then ran out of food and all committed sucide by jumping in the sea
johnnick rhayor
johnnick rhayor Acum 24 Zile
Is it just me or the mannequin's head just moved at 17:26
kaleb vera
kaleb vera Acum 24 Zile
THE ANCIENT ENEMY
Feez Gaming
Feez Gaming Acum 24 Zile
What about cannibalism?
Alexandra Hill
Alexandra Hill Acum 24 Zile
Your pronunciation of Surrey is adorable Ryan! So cute and French like lol
Jolly Joker
Jolly Joker Acum 24 Zile
Croatians from Dubrovnik!!!!!!!!!!
William Gray
William Gray Acum 24 Zile
Maybe they put the bodies on a boat and did a Viking type burial and set fire to the boat and sank with the burned up bodies
Panzzer cat
Panzzer cat Acum 24 Zile
The Spanish probably did it they were like “Spanish or vanish”
Stone
Stone Acum 24 Zile
Answer: they were left for long without resources, and remembered that the friendly guy from croatoan island lived near, and travelled there to ask for help, and ended satying there.
Agastya Vijayaraghavan
Agastya Vijayaraghavan Acum 24 Zile
17:18....the mannequin's head is moving 🥶😨😰😥😢😭😱😱😱😱
Sarah Köppe
Sarah Köppe Acum 24 Zile
How could he make it back to Europe but not to Croatoan
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