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This Day in History: Virginia Dare is Born
North Carolina History ^ | 8/18/18 | Anon

Posted on 08/18/2018 9:34:58 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

Virginia Dare was born on August 18, 1587 at Roanoke Island in colonial Virginia (present-day North Carolina).

Virginia Dare was the first English-born child in the Americas. She was the daughter of Ananias Dare and Eleanor Dare and the granddaughter of Governor John White. Ananias Dare served on the twelve-member board of directors for the Roanoke Colony. Virginia’s mother Eleanor was the daughter of Governor John White. The name Virginia was chosen to signify that she was the first English child born in Virginia. She was baptized into the Church of England on August 24, 1587 and was the first child and second person in America christened into the Church of England. The first was the Native American Manteo.

The Roanoke Colony was located in the present-day North Carolina Outer Banks. Sir Walter Raleigh attempted expeditions twice before to Roanoke Island. The second was a failed attempt to establish a colony on the island. The third and final expedition in 1587 was led by Governor John White and consisted of 116 men and women. Virginia Dare was born on Roanoke Island during the third expedition less than a month after it landed at Roanoke. Nine days after her birth on August 27, 1587, John White left the colony pledging to return in three months. He returned to England, reported to Raleigh, and requested aid. However, the Spanish Armada attack in 1588 delayed White’s return to Roanoke. White finally returned three years later on August 18, 1590, Virginia’s third birthday, and he found the colony abandoned.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: North Carolina; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; history; johnwhite; lostcolony; northcarolina; roanokeisland; sirwalterraleigh; spanisharmada; virginia; virginiadare
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What happened to the Roanoke "Lost Colonists"? No one knows for sure. As with many mysteries, when the answer cannot be found, legends grow to explain the story. One of the most enduring North Carolina legends is about Virginia Dare as the white doe.

In 1901 Sallie Southall Cotten wrote The White Doe: The Fate of Virginia Dare, a long narrative poem that tried to explain the mystery. According to Ms. Cotten's story and later variations of the legend, Virginia Dare grew up in the tribe of the friendly Indian Manteo. She became known as Winona-Ska and grew into a beautiful young woman whom everyone loved. Okisko was a handsome young Indian chieftain who wished to marry her. However, an old witch doctor, Chico, also wanted to win Winona-Ska. Chico was very jealous of Okisko. In spite of his efforts to win her love, Chico was turned down by Winona-Ska. Enraged, he used his evil magic to turn her into a white doe. If she wouldn't be his, no other man could have her, either.

Okisko was determined to undo the evil magic of Chico. He found a kindly magician, Wenokan, to help him. Okisko made an arrow with an oyster shell tip. Then he and Wenokan took the arrow to a magic fountain. When Okisko put the arrow into the water, the arrow became pearl. If the white doe was shot with this pearl arrow, the evil spell would be broken, and Winona-Ska would become human again.

At this time Wanchese decided he would seek fame and glory by killing the charmed white doe. He knew that only a silver arrow could kill this special doe. His father, also named Wanchese, was the Indian who had traveled to England with Manteo. Queen Elizabeth I had given a silver arrow to his father. Now the son would use it to kill the white doe.

One day Okisko saw the white doe near the ruins of Fort Raleigh on Roanoke Island. Nervously, he raised his bow and shot his magic pearl arrow, but at exactly the same time, Wanchese shot his silver arrow from another direction. Both arrows pierced the white doe's heart. Magically, Okisko's pearl arrow turned her back into a beautiful young woman, but Wanchese's silver arrow pierced her human heart. Okisko rushed to her, but Winona-Ska died in his arms.

In desperation, Okisko ran to the magic fountain and threw both arrows into the water, begging for Winona-Ska's life. When he returned to the place where she had died, he found no sign of either the doe or Winona-Ska. Later the white doe appeared and looked at Okisko with her soft eyes. Then she ran into the woods.

To this day many people report seeing a ghostly white doe near the area where the Lost Colony first settled on Roanoke Island. Will the mystery ever be solved? We may never know all the facts, but this legend of the white doe is an interesting way to explain the fate of Virginia Dare, one of the Lost Colonists.

1 posted on 08/18/2018 9:34:58 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

You post about an actual historical event, and then you add all that nonsense about the Great White Buck?


2 posted on 08/18/2018 11:00:25 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

I had never heard of th elevens of the White Doe. Thought it was an interesting legend from the first baby born in America. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it.


3 posted on 08/18/2018 11:03:20 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I’ve never heard that story before. Story telling is becoming a lost art. I enjoyed it, thanks


4 posted on 08/18/2018 11:12:22 PM PDT by virgil (The evil that men do lives after them)
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To: virgil

She was also Hillary’s mother.


5 posted on 08/18/2018 11:13:54 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
To me, the most plausible explanation for the disappearance would be a hurricane. A hurricane which came ashore would have killed everyone, especially with a significant storm surge. It would have obliterated all traces of the colony. And these people had no knowledge of hurricanes or experience with them. Hurricanes along this coastline are a fact of life.
 
6 posted on 08/18/2018 11:15:48 PM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie ("Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.")
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To: laweeks

According to Hillary, like when she was under fire in Vietnam or something.


7 posted on 08/18/2018 11:24:00 PM PDT by virgil (The evil that men do lives after them)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Thanks for posting about this.

Concern though, if the left gets wind of the Virginia Dare story, they will search night and day for Dare statues to tear down, monuments to topple, placards to graffitti-ize, and a bunch of name changing for counties, towns, wines... maybe they’ll find Dare baseball teams and mascots needing name changes.


8 posted on 08/18/2018 11:38:41 PM PDT by C210N (Republicans sign check fronts; 'Rats sign check backs.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Or as new history notates it: The first racist born in North Carolina.


9 posted on 08/19/2018 1:15:03 AM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
What happened to the Roanoke "Lost Colonists"? No one knows for sure.

Evidence over the centuries strongly indicates their colony was raided multiple times by indians, likely Powhatans (whose chief actually admitted it in 1607). Possible that men were killed, women and children were taken as slaves. It's also possible some were eaten, as cannibalism was more common among the natives than is ever discussed. There was a huge drought 1587 to 1590, which would have lead to starvation among indians and colonists alike.
10 posted on 08/19/2018 1:23:33 AM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life or nothing at all)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I enjoyed it. Thanks.


11 posted on 08/19/2018 2:07:07 AM PDT by gattaca ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Wondering what the latest word is on the alleged virginia dare stone...


12 posted on 08/19/2018 3:29:41 AM PDT by SteveH
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To: iowamark

It’s an interesting LEGEND — a fictional story. Being part indian, I enjoyed it very much. And I enjoyed reading the true historical part, too.


13 posted on 08/19/2018 3:42:44 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Have an A-1 day.)
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To: advance_copy

https://anilbalan.com/2011/10/17/the-croatoan-mystery/

Croatoan.

It gets even weirder.


14 posted on 08/19/2018 3:59:03 AM PDT by Salamander (I ride all night and I travel in fear, that in this darkness, I will disappear...)
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To: SteveH

Most think them fake but there is this

https://www.history.com/news/archaeologists-find-new-clues-to-lost-colony-mystery


15 posted on 08/19/2018 4:02:48 AM PDT by Salamander (I ride all night and I travel in fear, that in this darkness, I will disappear...)
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To: iowamark

Quit whining. Just enjoy the information.


16 posted on 08/19/2018 4:28:35 AM PDT by raybbr (That progressive bumper sticker on your car might just as wll say, "Yes, I'm THAT stupid!")
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To: Salamander

Ye Olde English way of spelling “crouton”, meaning they’d run out of the savory salad morsels and went off in search for more!


17 posted on 08/19/2018 4:34:52 AM PDT by Theophilus (Repent)
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To: Governor Dinwiddie

But apparently the houses were disassembled, but the stockade remained.


18 posted on 08/19/2018 5:07:02 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Virginia Dare has something that Obama never had. She was documented to be born in the US, unlike 44...😋
19 posted on 08/19/2018 6:00:51 AM PDT by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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To: Deplorable American1776

Not only that, but her mother wasn’t a promiscuous Communist.


20 posted on 08/19/2018 6:18:57 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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