THE MYSTERY OF VIRGINIA DARE
Virginia Dare was the first child of European settlers to be born in the future United States. She was born in 1587 in the colony of Roanoke, in now what is present day Roanoke Island, Dare County, North Carolina. Dare’s grandfather, John White, returned to England shortly after her birth to bring back additional supplies for the colony. When he returned three years later, his granddaughter Virginia and every other of the one hundred colonists. There was no sign of attack or a struggle. The only clue was the word “Croatoan” that had been carved into a tree.
There were reported sightings of European captives at various Indian settlements, including one report of a young maiden being held by the Eno Indians.Some authors have speculated that this girl may have been Virginia Dare, but to this day, historians do not know her true fate, or the fate of “the lost colony.”