The North Carolina Outer Banks are a 90-mile stretch of beautiful barrier islands, only one of which is our favorite Hatteras Island.
Get a fast ship, a destitute crew that would do anything, and go “a-pirating.” The ships going back to Europe were usually lightly armed, slow and laden with gold and silver–well worth the pirates’ efforts.
Capturing a Spanish ship taking treasures from Central and South America back to Spain could make a crew rich for life.
Others suggest that they may have died of starvation, but no one knows for certain.
However, ongoing archaeological efforts reveal new clues with every research excavation.
Summertime visitors will enjoy the warmest months, although many off-season vacationers agree that the spring and fall months are perfectly delightful times to visit as well.
Outer Banks weather can also change within minutes, and it’s not unusual for a summer thunderstorm to quickly pass through a region along the Outer Banks on an otherwise sunny day.
We may soon know what became of the colonists, but as of today, it remains one of the most intriguing mysteries in early American history.
Among the first visitors to the barrier islands that stretched from the Virginia Capes to Georgia during the period from 1500s to 1725 were pirates and former privateers who had been under the protection of the British Crown.
History of the first Englishmen settlers arriving in America began when Sir Walter Raleigh, along with John White and 116 colonists, landed on Hattorask (Hatteras) Island on June 22, 1587.