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About Manteo, Croatoan Indian

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Manteo first appears in the records, along with an Indian named Wanchese, who both agreed to be taken to England about 1584. Thomas Harriot taught the Indians to speak English and the Indians described what they knew or their native region. Manteo sailed back to North Carolina with Sir Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane in 1585 and acted as interpreter. When Lane killed the Indian Chief at Roanoke Island in 1586 and quickly left for England, Manteo went back with him. Sir Walter Raleigh named Manteo ‘Lord of Roanoak” in 1587 and the colonists were placed under his protection. Manteo returned to Roanoke Island in 1587 and went with Edward Stafford to the Indian village Croatan, where he saved the Englishmen from attack. The colonists were supposed to make their way to the Chesapeake Bay, leaving a party on Roanoke Island to wait for the arrival of John White with supplies. A majority of colonists arrived at the Chesapeake Bay safely, but the ones that remained disappeared and were believed had gone with Manteo at Croatan.