AHS gets historical
By: Julia Wiegand
September 15, 2016
American Horror Story is back, and season six’s mystery theme takes viewers to a lost world.
My Roanoke Nightmare is based on true events of the famous lost colony…and colonists of Roanoke Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. AHS surprised fans with its new “docu-drama” format including interviews and re-enactments. FX released six different teaser trailers for the season, claiming only one to be real. AHS will be back Wednesday at 10PM on FX.
So what happened to the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke?
Roanoke Colony traces back to August of 1587. A group of about 115 English settlers arrived to the island off the coast of what is now North Carolina. John White, governor to the new colony, needed to sail back to England to gather fresh supplies. As he arrived, a major naval war broke out between England and Spain. Queen Elizabeth I needed every available ship to face the Spanish Armada. White returned three years later to his wife, daughter, granddaughter, and other settlers in August of 1590. No trace of a single inhabitant was found. Few clues were found, including a single word “Croaton” carved into a wooden post. Centuries of investigations still haven’t come up with a solid answer.
“Croatoan” was the name of an island south of Roanoke, home to a Native American tribe of the same name. It is possible that colonists were killed or abducted. Other theories include colonists setting out to sea and meeting a bloody end at the hands of Spaniards, and colonists moving further inland to join a friendly tribe. Although it remains a creepy mystery, it taught the next group of English settlers who found their own colony 17 years later. Just a short distance north, Jamestown was born.