From disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle
to children working in warehouses, here are 11 dark and mysterious secrets of America. 11.) Roanoke Colony
Roanoke Colony was established in 1585 on Roanoke Island in what is today's Dare County,
North Carolina. Today, the colony is known as the Lost
Colony because the settlers of this area mysteriously vanished, only leaving behind
a coded message. The story goes that due to the lack of supplies,
Captain John White was forced to return to England, leaving behind his friends and family.
When he finally returned to the new world,
three years later, he came back to a deserted settlement. The only remaining evidence that anyone had
been there were the words CRO and CROATOAN carved on two trees. White took the letters to mean that the colonists
had moved to Croatoan Island, some 50 miles away, but a later search of the island found
none of the settlers. Recent archeologist evidence shows that the
three years John White was away, the colony would have dealt with extreme drought.
These conditions undoubtedly contributed to
the demise of the so-called Lost Colony, but where the settlers went after they left Roanoke
remains one of Americas mysteries. 10.) Area 51
In the Nevada Desert, there is said to be an area full of mysteries that includes governmental
agencies and Aliens. This are is protected by a chain link fence,
intimidating trespassing signs, a boom gate, which is a bar or pole pivoted to allow the
boom to block vehicular access through a controlled point. And cameras lurking around every corner.
Some say this is home to UFO spaceships which
have crashed in the states while others believe this is where studies are done on Aliens. Must of this mystery comes from a variety
of said UFO sightings in the area and testimony from a retired Army colonel who said he was
given access to extraterrestrial materials gathered from an alien spacecraft that crashed
in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Other claims state that there is no such thing
as any UFO evidence in Area 51 and that it is just a regular military base. But the mystery surrounding Area 51 remains
one of Americas biggest mysteries as while people know it exists, the government will
not discuss why it exists.
And now for number 9, but first be sure to
subscribe!!! 9.) Andersonville POW camp in Georgia
For the last year during the American Civil War, February 1864-April 1865, the state of
Georgia was home to a notorious Confederate military prison called Andersonville. The official name was Camp Sumter and was
the Souths largest prison for captured Union soldiers. It was known for its unsanitary conditions
and death toll. It is reported that about 13,000 Union soldiers
died within the walls of this camp, which was the highest mortality rate of all Civil
War prison camps.
The camp itself housed four times its capacity
amount at one time, with holding about 45,000 union soldiers total. The small stream that served as the camp's
primary water supply, both for drinking and bathing, was polluted by the unsanitary habits
of some inmates and by sewage and other garbage dumped into the swampy area that fed the stream. It was commanded by Captain Henry Wirz, who
was tried and executed after the war for war crimes. Today, Andersonville is a national historic
site which you can visit to experience a secret part of the American Civil War.
8.) Time Travel
According to Seattle based attorney, Andrew D. Basiago, time travel is one of Americas
biggest secrets, known as Project Pegasus. In 1968, this program was the classified,
defense-related research and development program under the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency in which the US defense-technical community achieved time travel on behalf of the US government. Along with Basiago, the program reportedly
had 139 other school children.
Basiago stated, They trained children along
with adults so they could test the mental and physical effects of time travel on kids. Basiago continues on with this secret, saying
he took part in 8 different time travel events, and can be seen in a photograph of Abraham
Lincoln as Gettysburg. Today, it is said that time travel is perfected
to the point that it can allow any American citizen to go into the past or the future. However, security measures still need to be
completed so criminals cannot use the machine.
7.) Americas Lost City
Long before Columbus reached the Americas, Cahokia was the biggest, most multicultural
city north of Mexico. However, by 1350 it had been deserted by its
native inhabitants, the Mississippians and, to this day, it remains a mystery why. Cahokia is said to have had a population the
size of London and was located about eight miles from present-day St Louis. Reportedly, this city was filled with large
pyramids and lands prone to flooding.
The city was supposedly between ix and nine
square miles in area, with 120 earthen mounds inside its rough borders. Archeologists believe the decline of the city
would have been caused by a continuous threat, however, people can only theorize what happened
to Americas lost city. Perhaps they had exhausted the lands resources,
as some scholars theorize, or were the victims of political and social unrest, climate change,
or extended droughts. 6.) Mexican Deportation
When the Great Depression hit, several people believed that the Mexicans had caused the
It did not take long for the governmental
agency, Immigration and Naturalization Service, to begin round up Mexicans, including American
Citizens, and send them back to Mexico without due process. This Mexican Repatriation occurred between
1929 and 1936, with an estimated range of 500,000 to 2 million Mexican-Americans sent
back. Reportedly, it is believed that about 60 percent
of the Mexican-Americans sent back were born in the United States. The hardest part in studying this historical
event for anyone is that very little records were kept by the government because relatively
few of them were expelled under formal INS-directed removal proceedings.
In 2005, the State of California passed the
"Apology Act for the 1930s Mexican Repatriation Program", apologizing for the state government's
role in the repatriation. 5.) Spontaneous Human Combustion
Over the past 300 years, there have been more than 200 reports of Spontaneous Human Combustion. This is when people randomly burst into flames
by a fire started inside their body, resulting in death has been an American mystery for
decades. The limbs, such as the hands, feet, or parts
of the leg often remaining intact.
But the torso and head are charred beyond
any recognition and, in some rare cases, the internal organs of a victim remain untouched. Another interesting tidbit of this mystery
is that the rooms, where people have reportedly burned, often have a sweet smoky smell and
has a greasy residue on furniture and walls, other than this, nothing points to a fire
of some sort. 4.) Bermuda Triangle Mystery
For decades, the Bermuda Triangle, and area in the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami,
Bermuda and Puerto Rico, has been a source of mystery. This is an area where dozen of airplanes and
ships have disappeared including El Faro, a cargo ship with 33 on board, and the USS
Cyclops, resulting in the largest non-combat loss of life in U.S.
Navys history. It is reported that at least 75 ships along
with hundreds of airplanes have met their fate in the area of the Bermuda Triangle. Scientists have studied the area for years,
wondering what would be the cause of the deadly mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle. They have pondered theories such as paranormal
situations, electromagnetic interference that causes compass problems, bad weather, the
gulf stream, and large undersea fields of methane.
And most recently, hexagonal clouds creating
170 mph air bombs full of wind. These air pockets cause all the mischief,
sinking ships and downing planes. However, no one can say anything is the cause
of all these disappearances with 100 percent certainty, which makes this American mystery
continue its storyline. 3.) Children in Warehouses
In the early 1900s, hundreds of thousands of children were warehoused in institutions
and the government did nothing to stop it, becoming one of Americas deep, dark secrets.
Children who were houses in these institutions
were called feeble-minded however, many were not. The most infamous school of this kind is called
The Fernald School, which housed about 2,500 children at its peak. This school was built in 1888 in Massachusetts
and holds a terrible legacy of exposing children to semi-secret radiation testing. Overseen by researchers from Harvard and MIT
and with funding from the Quaker Oats company, the inmates were systematically exposed to
small doses of radiation and their absorption of the toxic energy was monitored.
It wasnt until the 1970s that the facility
began to make positive changes, after being sued for his horrible conditions. Finally, the facility closed in 2014 and now
you can view the facility behind the no trespassing signs. 2.) No News on the Sinking of the Sultana
On April 27, 1865 when the steamboat the Sultana sunk, killing more people than the Titanic,
very little was said about this disaster. The steamer registered at about 1,719 tons
and normally carried a crew of 85.
For two years, the Sultana ran a regular route
between St. Louis and New Orleans, frequently commissioned to carry troops. Even though the Sultana had a capacity of
only 376 passengers, but she was carrying 2,155. 1.192 Passengers were killed when three of
the boat's four boilers exploded and she burned to the waterline and sank near Memphis, Tennessee.
Many people believe that this event carried
very little news because it was overshadowed by the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Furthermore, it was the day before that John
Wilkes Booth, Lincolns killer, was killed. In fact, the little news of the sinking of
the Sultana carries into today, making it one of Americas unintended dark secrets. 1.) MOVE black liberation group
MOVE was a Philadelphia-based black liberation group founded by John Africa in the 1970s.
The group lived communally and frequently
engage in public demonstrations against racism, police brutality, and other issues. This movement, today, has become a hidden
fact in American history, developing this moment and the actions between them and the
Philadelphia Police Department a secret in American history. One of the most notorious actions between
the two occurred in 1985 when a police helicopter dropped a bomb on their compound, causing
a fire, and killing eleven move members. Furthermore, this action destroyed about 65
houses, leaving the majority of the group homeless.
It is stated the attack started because the
members of the group refused arrest due to illegal firearms and violating parole. In the aftermath of the bombing, Mayor Wilson
Goode tasked a commission with investigating the actions of the police; they produced a
report condemning the bombing, although no one was ever charged for their actions. Thanks for watching! Be sure to subscribe and let us know what
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