3 More Unexplained Mysterious Disappearances
The most unexplained mysterious disappearances of people never heard from again. These multiple persons vanished and have been missing for years. Were they crazy kidnappings? Or strange tricks gone wrong? Today these creepy, bizarre human vanishings will be explained.
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Welcome back to Origins Explained. Today we'll be going over 3 mysterious unsolved discoveries in history that have not been solved.
Number 3: The Roanoke Colony
The Roanoke Colony (not the Roanokee Colony, for those who don't know how to pronounce it) was a colony in North Carolina of over 100 people who vanished without a trace, hence its other name, the lost colony. In 1587 it was revealed, the governor (and part time artist), of the Roanoke Island Colony, John White under Sir Walter Raleigh, went to England to get supplies, leaving his daughter and granddaughter behind. He was delayed by 3 years due to England's war with Spain. Back then you can imagine not many people wanted to cross the Atlantic to some god forsaken place, and it was hard to find a ship that wanted to go to the Americas. When he finally managed to return to Roanoke, after being captured by pirates, he and his men found the entire settlement deserted, which is a weird experience. His family and everyone else was gone. The houses had been taken down and only the wooden fort surrounding the settlement remained. The cannons and boats on the bay were also missing and books and trunks were torn apart and damaged. All of the colonists had agreed that if anything happened to them that they would carve Maltese crosses wherever they could, but none were ever found. The only clue to their mysterious disappearance was the word “CROATOAN” carved into a post and White and his men also discovered the letters CRO carved into a tree. White took the letters to mean that the colonists had moved to Croatoan Island, but a laters earch of the island led to nothing. One theory is that they may have integrated with the local native population. There is also evidence of a severe drought during that time which may have forced them to move inland, taking whatever they could with them. But again, why write Croatoan in big letters? Is this some sick magic trick? To this day there is no conclusive evidence as to what happened to the colonists, and Gov. John White never was able to find his family.
Number 4: Gaspar and Miguel Corte-Real
Gaspar Corte-Real, yes that´s right, Gaspar as in one of the three kings of Orient, was a Portuguese explorer (another explorer) the youngest son of the governor of Terceira, an island in the Azores. Right here in case you don't know what I'm talking about. It seems small now, but it was a big deal back then, On an expedition commissioned for King Manuel I of Portugal, searching for a Northern route to Asia (they all seem to be stuck on this theme), he was lost, never to return. This seems to happen a lot, just wait and see. He departed from Lisbon along with his older brother, Miguel and 3 ships. Remember Miguel, you might imagine where this is going. It is believed that they made it to Greenland and the northern part of Canada in the same year. Pretty beautiful right? Gaspar sent two of the ships back to Portugal with his brother as captain, carrying around 50 captured Native Americans, and he was never seen or heard from again (that's what he gets for enslaving people). It is believed that he and his crew were lost at seam the most obvious choice, but his brother Miguel refused to give up hope, believing that Gaspar was perhaps stranded somewhere on the coast. So Miguel decided to go back for him with 3 ships (again) and attempted to find Gaspar but he never returned from his journey. Once again history repeats itself... It is said that the ships split up, and agreed to meet later on but the ship captained by Miguel never came. I wonder how long they waited for him? Dighton rock in Massachusetts may be the key to discovering Miguel’s final whereabouts as carved into the rock are characters and letters which a scholar said were abbreviated latin, which reads: "I, Miguel Cortereal, 1511. In this place, by the will of God, I became a chief of the Indians." What the heck??!! How did he become chief of the indians? Didn't he help enslave 50 of them before?? Other accounts of the markings on the rock state that it doesn't say that at all, so once again, the fate of Miguel and Gaspar is not certain. The first and oldest brother wanted to go and find both them but finally his father and even King Manuel said no. Which was probably for the best....