Skip to comments.This Day in History: Virginia Dare is Born
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. Virginias 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 Whites return to Roanoke. White finally returned three years later on August 18, 1590, Virginias third birthday, and he found the colony abandoned.
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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.
You post about an actual historical event, and then you add all that nonsense about the Great White Buck?
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.
I’ve never heard that story before. Story telling is becoming a lost art. I enjoyed it, thanks
She was also Hillary’s mother.
According to Hillary, like when she was under fire in Vietnam or something.
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.
Or as new history notates it: The first racist born in North Carolina.
I enjoyed it. Thanks.
Wondering what the latest word is on the alleged virginia dare stone...
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.
It gets even weirder.
Most think them fake but there is this
Quit whining. Just enjoy the information.
Ye Olde English way of spelling “crouton”, meaning they’d run out of the savory salad morsels and went off in search for more!
But apparently the houses were disassembled, but the stockade remained.
Not only that, but her mother wasn’t a promiscuous Communist.
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