Birth of First English Child in America
On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare was born at Roanoke Island (present-day North Carolina). However, little of her life after that is know due to the mysterious disappearance of the entire colony.
In the late 1500s, Europeans eagerly sought to establish colonies in the New World (North and South America). British colonists sent by Sir Walter Raleigh made their first attempt in 1586, but returned to England due to lack of food and fights with the Native Americans.
The British made a second attempt the following year, setting sail from England on April 26, 1587. This group differed from the last in that it included women and children. The 150-plus colonists reached Roanoke Island on July 22, and immediately began building their homes. Continue reading