The word "Croatoan" was a word John White found carved on a tree in 1590, which led him to believe settlers had moved to Croatoan Island, however, this was not the case. To learn more about the word Croatoan, visit: http://www.ask.com/wiki/Croatoan.
The word "croatoan" was said to have been inscribed onto a tree on Roanoke island in the US. It was said to refer to the island, Croatoan on the outer banks of NC. It also refers to an Indian Tribe know today as the Lumbee.