Upon first contact Europeans encountered several Native American tribes occupying what is now North Carolina. Of significance among them was the Croatan tribe. In the nineteenth this name was extended to other Native American groups.
A signet ring found in the Outer Banks in 1998 was believed to be made from gold and belong to people part of the Lost Colony. Reexamination two decades later concluded that the ring not made from this metal, nor was it associated with the Kendall family. Enhancing understanding of the ring’s believed place in early North Carolina history was a review of long believed information about the Lost Colony.