Great read that really brings to life the story of the croatoan indians. Many times history finds itself trapped and swayed by myths and legends, and the Lost Colony is no exception. This book and this man is real to the passion - he lives there and lives it - and that shows in the writing. As a teacher of history and a historian on this particular topic - it is refreshing to see this writing and know that it is possible for truths to be viewed and understood. If you are in the Buxton area be sure to stop at the Museum as well - much more can be learned by visiting there!
Michael S. Merritt
American history has been so distorted by legend, distortion and just plain untruths that it is refreshing to read an account that resorts to the facts and only the facts. The author has painstakenly researched the subject and has not been swayed by the romantic aspects or the local commercial intrests to bring us an entertaining and factual account of the story. He should be given the recognition and respect due to a true historian.
Scott Dawson makes a compelling case for Croatoan, now the southern part of Hatteras Island, as the destination of the Lost Colony. The document is somewhat lacking in citations, but his personal knowledge of the territory partially compensates for this.
The Not so Lost "Lost Colony"2010/4/25
The wonderful summertime theater performances of the Lost Colony have entertained audiences on Roanoke Island since before World War II. As throngs of tourists flock to enjoy the beaches and beauty of North Carolina's Outer Banks a story has unfolded about the first English colony in the New World founded in 1587.
This tale has been repeated and written about so often that the legend is given historical credence over the actual facts. John White's very sad story of loosing his daughter, grand daughter, Virginia Dare, and the other men, women and children of Sir Walter Raleigh's great undertaking for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and for England has inspired the theater audiences and history buffs with this heart-wrenching account of abandonment and disappearance.
Where did they go when John White finally was able to get a ship to take him back to Roanoke Island? This is usually where the story ends. Then along comes a young man willing to dig for facts in historical archives as well as in the ground, Scott Dawson, a native of the land, who through painstaking investigation, brings us the possible answer to history's mystery.
Dawson's book will entertain and inform the reader with its breezy written style and well researched account of human anguish and willingness to do whatever may be necessary for overcoming abandonment and surviving life's darkest moments. Scott Dawson is not a professional historian or archeologist but a detective of history who has followed his leads to help solve a 400 year old mystery.
Not Lost, just relocated Colony!2013/8/30
Being a native son from the area, I found Dawson's treatment very interesting. I've heard this hypothesis before but I couldn't put his book down.