HISTORIC BIRTHS: VIRGINIA DARE

Croatoan Roanoke
It’s possible to become famous just by being born. On August 18th, 1587, a baby girl, Virginia Dare, became the first English child born in what would become the United States of America. Back then, however, her birthplace was just a British colony on Roanoke Island, Virginia. The new arrival was the granddaughter of the colony’s governor, John White, who went back to the homeland for supplies not long after her birth. Isolated as they were, he couldn’t just go to the local shops, so the trip took a while, especially since England and Spain were having a major spat at the time, and that sort of interfered with travel plans. When Governor White returned to Roanoke three years later, there was no sign of Virginia, her parents, or anyone else. The colony’s entire population of around one hundred and twenty people had vanished, leaving only the words ‘Croatoan’ and ‘Cro’ carved on trees. Though speculation abounds, the mystery of where all those people went, and why, has never been solved.

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