Lederer, John. The Discoveries of John Lederer in Three Several Marches from Virginia, to the West of Carolina, and Other Parts of the Continent: Begun March 1669, and Ended in September 1670. Together with [a] Map of the Whole Territory Which He Traversed. Trans. William Talbot Baronet. London: J.C. for Samuel Herick, 1672.

John Lederer was a German looking for a route from the east coast of North America to a posited branch of the Pacific ocean that reached as far east as to the western side of the Appalachian Mountains. The following passage–written about Lederer's second trek, which took him perhaps as far as the Catawba River–is sometimes cited as being possible evidence that members of the "Lost Colony" survived and had offspring that still lived in the region, only further inland than the coastal plain.

Here I made a days stay, to inform my self further in these Countries; and understood both from the Usheries, and some Sara-Indians that came to trade with them, that two-days journey and a half from hence to the Southwest, a powerful Nation of Bearded men were seated, which I supposed to be the Spaniards, because the Indians never have any; it being an universal custom amongst them, to prevent their growth, by plucking the young hairs out by the roots. Westward lies a Government inhospitable to strangers; and to the North, over the Suala-mountains, lay the Rickohockans. I thought it not safe to venture my self amongst the Spaniards, lest taking me for a Spy, they would either make me away, or condemn me to perpetual Slavery in their Mines. Therefore not thinking fit to proceed further, the eight and twentieth of June I faced about, and looked homewards.