Donner Party

The Donner Party attempted to make it to California from Illinois using an untested shortcut which resulted in them becoming stranded in the Sierra Nevada starving and dying which resulted in cannibalism.

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Roanoke Colony

In 1590, English settlers' attempts to colonize the New World were put on hold when an entire colony mysteriously disappeared with the only trace being the word "Croatoan" carved into a tree.

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