In 1587 about 120 British colonists, including 17 women and several children, settled on Roanoke Island in what was then called Virginia (now North Carolina).
There Virginia Dare, the first American child of English parents, was born on August 18, 1587. What happened to her, as well as the rest of the colonists, is a mystery.
Nine days after her birth, her grandfather, the colony’s governor, set sail for England.
When he returned three years later, there was no one on the island.
Some people believe that the settlers died in an Indian attack; others say that they moved to the mainland and intermarried with Native Americans there.