Probable Last Refuge of Roanoke Colony Survivors Discovered
This discovery solves one of the biggest riddles in American history and permanently negates the critics, who, in 1940, knowing nothing about the history of the Southern Appalachians or the Creek language, labeled the Dare Stones found in the burial cave in the Nacoochee Valley of Georgia as fraudulent. The stones said that Eleanor Dare lived the last decade of her traumatic life near a big rock next to a river in an Indian town named Hontaoase (Hontawasee in modern English.)
In 1940, University of North Carolina professors went national to proclaim Hontaoase not a Cherokee word and therefore, the product of some Georgia mountaineer trying to create an Indian-sounding word. This was the final death blow for the Dare Stones. They were soon forgotten.
No, it was not Cherokee. The Cherokees didn’t live in Georgia in 1590. It is an Itsate Creek word that means “Those who make plants grow with water.” In other words, people who irrigate their crops.
If interested in learning more, go to: Examiner Article
Special thanks go to Eddie Lanham and Jodi Tinsley, who helped solve the last two pieces of the Roanoke Colony puzzle. Also, a big thank you goes to geologist Scott Wolters, who painstakingly went through the Dare Stones at Brenau University to determine which stones were real and which were fake.
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