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    the lost/missing colony


    In the settlement’s difficult founding year, its mayor, John White, left for England to request resources and manpower. He returned three years later only to find the settlement empty—his wife, child, and grandchild, the first English child born in the Americas, having vanished. This colony is called “ The lost colony of Roanoke”.

    What does “lost” mean here? Could I replace it with “missing”?
    I am a fleeting visitor on this fragile Earth.

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    English Teacher
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    Re: the lost/missing colony

    Missing indicates a hope that the thing can be found. Lost is assigned when all hope is abandoned.

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