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October 24 – The Roanoke Colony: A Tudor mystery

On this day in Tudor history, 24th October 1590, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, John White, returned to England after failing to find the lost Roanoke colonists.

The lost colonists included his daughter Ellinor (Elenora), his son-in-law Ananias Dare, and his granddaughter Virginia Dare.

What happened to the Roanoke colonists and what did the word CROATOAN carved onto a post mean?

Find out all about the lost Roanoke Colony and the theories regarding the disappearance of all 115 people, including the very latest research...

Here is a link to the news article on these archaeological finds -

Today is also the anniversary of the death of Queen Jane Seymour on 24th October 1537. She died twelve days after giving birth to a son, the future King Edward VI. You can find out more about the birth of Edward and Jane's death in an article by midwife Dayna Goodchild in the 2018 edition of Tudor Life Magazine - click here.

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October 24 – The Roanoke Colony: A Tudor mystery