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History Channel show examines fate of Lost Colony

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So did the Lost Colony leave the Outer Banks and settle on a spot in the Albemarle Sound that is now a golf course? Friday night at 10 p.m., the History Channel will explore that topic in an episode of "America Unearthed."

The light of the Lost Colony has vexed historians for centuries. But a 400-year old map drawn by John White may provide some clues. White was Sir Walter Raleigh's key assistant and the father of Eleanor Dare, one of the English colonists.

Researchers at the British Museum discovered the map with a drawing of a proposed fort underneath a patch on the map. The findings were announced in May.

That map appears to mark a site on the Albemarle Sound that is now the home of Scotch Hall Preserve, a golf community.

White dropped off the colonists on Roanoke Island in 1587, then returned to England for supplies. His return was delayed by an attack by the Spanish Armada. When he returned three years later, the colonists had disappeared.

"America Unearthed" spent several weeks investigating the case, filming on Roanoke Island, at Scotch Hall and traveling to London to examine the map. The result of their investigation will be shared in the show.

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