18 May 2012

Sixteenth-century map by explorer and artist John White yields a new clue in the Roanoke mystery

Detail from La Virginea Pars by John White
Researchers from the First Colony Foundation and the British Museum believe that enhanced imagery from John White's (c. 1540-c. 1593) map La Virginea Pars, from the 1580s, may offer clues to what happened to the colonists from the "Lost Colony" of Roanoke.  Looking under a patch on the map with ultraviolet light, they found a symbol for a fort, indicating a place the beleaguered English colonists may have moved.

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