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Roanoke - An early tribe of indians living on the island by that name off the coast of North Carolina.  it was on this island that Sir Walter Raleigh's colony first was established in 1585-1586.  The colony was to become known as the "lost colony of the Croatan."

The term "roanoke" was used by Virginia colonists to designate shell beads, or wampum.  Captain john smith in his writings reported the Powhatan name for such beads as rawrenock.

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