In 1585 England attempted to form its first permanent colony in North America and settled on Roanoke Island in North Carolina for its location. Led by Governor John White, the 115 colonists had uneasy relations with the native peoples and White returned to England to report this situation to the crown. When White returned to his colony, everyone had disappeared. Theories range from a native attack to the settlers joining a native tribe. This 1937 commemorative half dollar recalls the lost colony of Roanoke.