Virginia Dare
First English colonist born in what is now the United States
Virginia Dare
Virginia Dare was the first child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor (also Ellinor or Elyonor) and Ananias Dare. She was born into the short-lived Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina, US. What became of Virginia and the other colonists remains a mystery. The fact of her birth is known because the governor of the settlement, Virginia Dare's grandfather, John White, returned to England in 1587 to seek fresh supplies.
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Blackbeard's revenge - CANOE
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Originally organized by Sir Walter Raleigh and birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first English child born on American soil, more than 100 settlers were on their own for three years beginning in 1587. Supply ships that eventually returned found no trace
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Alleghany County deputy named DARE officer of the year - WDBJ7.com
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This year, he was named the Virginia Dare Officer of the Year. "I see people in the community. People call me on the phone after work. That's ok. If that what it takes to save someone's life from the harmful effects of drugs and tobacco, I'll do it
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Storm surge from Hurricane Irene peaks near record levels - The Virginian-Pilot
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27, 2011, in Nags Head, NC, a mattress floats down S. Virginia Dare Trail. (Stephen M. Katz) By Dave Forster Hurricane Irene left Hampton Roads early this morning with widespread flooding, downed trees and hundreds of thousands without power,
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Sheriff honored by DARE - The Free Lance-Star
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It is given by the Virginia DARE Association Inc. Branch received the award Aug. 3 at a conference in Hampton. As sheriff, Branch has overseen the program in Culpeper public schools. Branch attends annual graduations and has supported fundraising
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The Daily Advance - The Daily Advance
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Author Marjorie Hudson will be at Page After Page to sign copies of her book, "Searching for Virginia Dare," Saturday. The signing is one of several history-related events happening this weekend. By Staff reports You might say this will be a history
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Virginia Dare Continues Sustainability Commitment - Food Product Design
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BROOKLYN, NY—Virginia Dare continued its commitment to the environment and sustainability by joining forces with Hike for kaTREEna to plant a grove of trees along Lake Pontchartrain during the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo held in New Orleans in
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Lost Colony, and lives lost - News & Observer
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To mark the 350th birthday of Virginia Dare on Aug. 18, 1937, Roanoke Island planned several special events, including a visit by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who attended that evening's performance of "The Lost Colony." A five-cent postage stamp
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Cyclists in Dare County urge motorists to share road - The Virginian-Pilot
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Bikers often share the multiuse path along the Virginia Dare Trail with pedestrians. When the path is congested, cyclists move to the road. But motorists aren't always willing to share, some cyclists say. (Erin James | The Virginian-Pilot) The multiuse
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Winging it: Why the Wright Brothers picked this spot - MiamiHerald.com
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Eating there: The Outer Banks area has solid fish-centric restaurants, such as Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe (7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, 252-441-5405; www.lonecedarcafe.com) and The Blue Point (1240 Duck Road, Duck, 252-261-8090;
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Outside Interests In Arizona=Patriots - VDARE.com (blog)
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[More] The links on VDARE.com and Social Contract Press above aren't to our actual websites but to SPLC attacks on us, and as usurla, they've got VIrginia Dare wrong–she was the “She was the first English child to be born in the New World,”not the
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The Vanilla Kid and Rockland's Jungle - knox.VillageSoup.com (blog)
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I could carry two cases of vanilla in my front carrier and six bottles of Virginia Dare cooking wine in each side carrier. He had my mother make me a jacket that had inside and outside pockets for holding packages of cigars, aspirin, antacids and other
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Truth Or Dare Caps Off Walker Triple - Standardbred Canada
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The seven-year-old gelded son of Camluck-Virginia Dare, driven by Ryan Campbell, was followed under the wire by Game Zac (Alex MacNeil) and pocket-sitter Romanie Ranger (Ray Deagle) as he scored by more than four lengths. Walter also co-owns the winner
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Buying (and Enjoying) A Beach House - Washingtonian.com (blog)
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... partner—spend about three weeks a year in Duck and enjoy going to such restaurants as the Blue Point (1240 Duck Rd.; 252-261-8090) and, in nearby Kitty Hawk, Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar (4700 North Virginia Dare Trail; 252-261-2546)
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Virginia Dare
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  • 2000
    Age 412
    Virginia Dare has become a prominent figure in American myth and folklore in the more than four hundred years since her birth, representing different things to different people. A 2000 article in the Piedmont (North Carolina) Triad News and Record noted that she symbolizes innocence and purity for many Americans (particularly Southerners), "new beginnings, promise, and hope" as well as "adventure and bravery" in a new land.
    More Details Hide Details She also symbolizes mystery because of her mysterious fate. For some residents of North Carolina, she has been an important symbol of the state and the desire to keep it predominantly European-American. In the 1920s, a group that opposed suffrage for women feared that black women would get the vote. One group in Raleigh, North Carolina urged "that North Carolina remain white... in the name of Virginia Dare." Today, Virginia Dare's name is used for the anti-illegal immigration group The VDARE Project. Some people also see her as a symbol of women's rights. In the 1980s, feminists in North Carolina called for state residents to approve the Equal Rights Amendment and "Honor Virginia Dare." There is a memorial to Virginia Dare in St Bride's Church, Fleet St, where her parents were married prior to their journey to Roanoke. The bronze sculpture was created by Clare Waterhouse in 1999. It replaced a marble sculpture of Dare carved by Marjorie Meggit in 1957, which was stolen in 1999 and never recovered.
  • 1937
    Age 349
    In 1937, the United States Mint issued a half-dollar commemorative coin that depicted Virginia Dare as the first English child born in the New World.
    More Details Hide Details This was also the first time that a child was depicted on United States currency. Virginia Dare quickly entered into folklore as the "first white child" born in British America. The fate of Virginia Dare and the Lost Colony has been the subject of many literary, film, and television adaptations, all of which have added to her myth: Virginia Dare's name has become a tourist attraction for North Carolina. Many locations are named after her, including Dare County, North Carolina; the Virginia Dare Trail, a section of NC 12; Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge, the second, newest, and widest bridge spanning the Croatan Sound connecting Roanoke Island to Manns Harbor, carrying US 64. Residents of Roanoke Island celebrate Virginia Dare's birthday each year with an Elizabethan Renaissance fair. A statue of Virginia as a grown woman, naked and wrapped in a buffalo skin, is on display in the Elizabethan Gardens on the island. At Smith Mountain Lake, there is an active tour boat named Virginia Dare.
  • 1933
    Age 345
    Virginia Dare's name has also been used to sell a number of products. Virginia Dare was the name of the first commercial wine to sell after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
    More Details Hide Details The Virginia Dare Extract Company, a maker of vanilla products, sells its products with a symbol of Virginia as a fresh-faced, blonde girl wearing a white ruffled mob cap. The company's Web site notes that Virginia Dare symbolizes "wholesomeness and purity." In Rancho Cucamonga, California, a now-defunct winery called Virginia Dare is on the corner of Haven Avenue and Foothill Boulevard (U.S. Route 66).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1612
    Age 24
    William Strachey, a secretary of the Jamestown Colony, wrote in The History of Travel into Virginia Britannia in 1612 that there were reportedly two-story houses with stone walls at the Indian settlements of Peccarecanick and Ochanahoen.
    More Details Hide Details The Indians supposedly learned how to build them from the Roanoke settlers. There were also reported sightings of European captives at various Indian settlements during the same time period. Strachey also wrote that four English men, two boys, and one maid had been sighted at the Eno settlement of Ritanoc, under the protection of a chief called Eyanoco. The captives were forced to beat copper. The captives, he reported, had escaped the attack on the other colonists and fled up the Chaonoke river, the present-day Chowan River in Bertie County, North Carolina.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1587
    Born
    What became of Virginia and the other colonists remains a mystery. The fact of her birth is known because John White, Virginia's grandfather and the governor of the colony, returned to England in 1587 to seek fresh supplies.
    More Details Hide Details When White eventually returned three years later, the colonists were gone. During the past four hundred years, Virginia Dare has become a prominent figure in American myth and folklore, symbolizing different things to different groups of people. She has been featured as a main character in books, poems, songs, comic books, television programs, and films. Her name has been used to sell different types of goods, from vanilla products to soft drinks, as well as wine and spirits. Many places in North Carolina and elsewhere in the Southern United States have been named in her honor.
    Nothing else is known of Virginia Dare's presumably short life, as the Roanoke Colony did not endure. Virginia's grandfather John White sailed for England for fresh supplies at the end of 1587, having established his colony.
    More Details Hide Details He was unable to return to Roanoke until August 18, 1590 due to England's war with Spain and the pressing need for ships to defend against the Spanish Armada—by which time he found that the settlement had been long deserted. The buildings had collapsed and "the houses were taken down". Worse, White was unable to find any trace of his daughter or granddaughter, or indeed any of the 80 men, 17 women, and 11 children who made up the "Lost Colony". Nothing is known for certain of the fate of Virginia Dare or her fellow colonists. Governor White found no sign of a struggle or battle. The only clue to the colonists' fate was the word "Croatoan" carved into a post of the fort, and the letters "Cro" carved into a nearby tree. All the houses and fortifications had been dismantled, suggesting that their departure had not been hurried. Before he had left the colony, White had instructed them that, if anything happened to them, they should carve a Maltese cross on a tree nearby, indicating that their disappearance had been forced. There was no cross, and White took this to mean that they had moved to Croatoan Island (now known as Hatteras Island), but he was unable to conduct a search.
    Virginia Dare was one of two infants born to the colonists in 1587 and the only female child born to the settlers.
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    Virginia Dare was born in the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina in August 1587, the first child of English parents born in the New World. "Elenora, daughter to the governor of the city and wife to Ananias Dare, one of the assistants, was delivered of a daughter in Roanoke".
    More Details Hide Details Little is known of the lives of either of her parents. Her mother Eleanor was born in London around 1563, and was the daughter of John White, the governor of the ill-fated Roanoke Colony. Eleanor married Ananias Dare (born c. 1560 -?), a London tiler and bricklayer, at St Bride's Church in Fleet Street in the City of London. He, too, was part of the Roanoke expedition.
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