Sunday, November 29, 2009

Croatoan: Birthplace of America by Scott Dawson

by Roberta Estes

Croatoan: Birthplace of America by Scott Dawson

Scott Dawson recently released his second edition of his book, Croatoan: Birthplace of America, updated from the first edition.

Scott is a lifelong resident of Hatteras Island. He was raised and currently lives in Buxton and is a direct descendant of the Native people of Hatteras Island. His keen interest in the Native inhabitants of the Island began when he was in his teens and has led Scott on many adventures hunting through the woods, dunes and swamps for artifacts.

The history of Hatteras Island, and in particular, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village itself is that of both the Native people, an Algonquin tribe referred to by the English as Croatoan, and the Lost Colonists. As Scott points out in his book, the colonists themselves told us where they were going, to Croatoan, and John White in 1590 expressed his relief that indeed they were safe with their friends, the Croatoan, in the land of Manteo’s birth, which he shows on his map as modern day Buxton on Hatteras Island. Manteo was a “friendly Indian” having been twice to England and baptized on Roanoke Island just before the baptism of the first English child born on American soil in 1587, Virginia Dare.

Scott has sought original records, both from various English voyages and from those who wrote about the English in Jamestown and other locations. He combines these with records from the Outer Banks and historians writing about the Native people and the result is a compelling solution to a puzzle that suggests strongly that the Native people found on Hatteras and the Outer Banks in 1701 by John Lawson were indeed the remnants of the Lost Colony who amalgamated with the Indians. According to Lawson, these people wore English clothes, had grey eyes and lighter colored hair, and had the oral history of English ancestors who “talked in a book” as well as the legend of Raleigh’s ship which occasionally reappears in the mists. How many misty nights they must have searched the horizon for those ships. Scott compiles the various theories and earlier writings, distills the wheat from the chaff, and presents the various pieces of evidence in one place.

Scott’s book includes many photos of artifacts, Indian pottery shards, deeds, the Cora tree (possibly another clue to the location of the colonists), the Kendall ring, a flintlock and more. Additionally, he provides a list of Algonquian words and their meanings in English. Scott’s book is a historical goldmine and makes for a great read as well. Plan to stay up late with this one!!!

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