A four entry journal of an early colonist who arrives on the island of Roanoke to start a new colony. Enjoy

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1587, Day 1

We arrived today on the island of Roanoke. Queen Elizabeth of England had sent us over here to start a colony in the new world. There were about one hundred and twenty people on board that tiny vessel consisting of men, women, and children. I am very happy to make it onto land after so long on the water in a crowded ship. The land is dense with forests, and the bodies of water that surround us are beautiful. John White has been named governor of our colony.

Day 20

I have been inside the huts all day taking care of the children and trying to make it more like a home. I've conversed with another one of the ladies and she told me that some of the men have ventured into the forest today looking for the lost colonists. There were many gentlemen sent over during England's last trip; they were to start building a camp, but ran out of supplies so one ship returned to England while the rest of the men stayed here.

The fifteen of them that stayed have disappeared without any clues as to what happened to them. I also heard rumors that they have made friends with the Croatoan Indians, and that they will help us with getting supplies. When they returned this afternoon they announced that their day's expedition was to no avail.

Soon we all have to start figuring out a way to get food, we have enough to last for a long time, but eventually we will run out.

Day 30

The days are starting out to be the same each day. I have taken care of the children all day and cleaned this filthy shack up. Some of the men ventured out again for hope of...