Virginia Dare - The First Born American

Virginia - A captive or murdered? It is a wish many of us claim that she was kept in this tribe and raised by the Indians to live to a ripe old age with descendants.
Virginia - A captive or murdered? It is a wish many of us claim that she was kept in this tribe and raised by the Indians to live to a ripe old age with descendants. | Source

History in the Making

Poem

Somehow I got through grade school, high school and college never hearing of Virginia Dare (and being a good student I was sure I had not simply missed her) so when I did hear of her plight I was sure she was just so unimportant she had not made history! This poem was based on that assumption.

Virginia's grandfather painted this. The village of Secoton in Roanoke , painted by Governor John White  en.wikipedia
Virginia's grandfather painted this. The village of Secoton in Roanoke , painted by Governor John White en.wikipedia

What happened?

I wrote the poem and then could not let it go until I found all the knowledge about her that I could. The book I found I listed here. So if you want to read on I think you will find it very interesting. Was I right or wrong? The painting\ above was done by baby Virginia Dare's grandfather. What he must have gone through knowing he had left his daughter and her little baby trusting him to return and surely he could not foresee the Queen of England refusing him a ship to return. Did she cost them their lives?

He got around

Raleigh, Walter: raid on Trinidad, 1599 -- Kids Encyclopedia  kids.britannica
Raleigh, Walter: raid on Trinidad, 1599 -- Kids Encyclopedia kids.britannica

Indians

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Virginia Dare


Virginia Dare how I found you was quite accidentally

In all these years has anyone said your name?

Your fate no one does know other than He Who knows all?

Why were there no stories about you or of where you came?


You were a first, who always are honored and remembered

Although a female child so maybe you come bottom of the list

There was mystery to surround you and at least should be told

Perhaps even a fable for you, maybe there is one I have missed?


I do not want to think you were forgotten; and your great honor

Who knows but what you became wife one day of an Indian chief?

Or wandered aimlessly as one of a clan to parts never known to be

Perhaps you did not die leaving no links against everyone’s belief


You may have a bloodline still within miles of where you were left

You could have lived as well as died especially if captured to be fed

You would have grown up to be one of them knowing no fear at all

Many kept the women and children and maybe only men were dead


I imagine you running through fields with hair flying out behind

With your love running behind to catch you by a flowing stream

This lover to be would catch you in his arms and swing you very high

You, he will wed, not knowing or caring your name, it may seem

If I wrote your story I think that is what I would have to say about you

I would not want to say you starved as a baby or killed and went to Heaven

I would only say that your beauty so very fair made you an Indian Princess

Born as first citizen, first in America; of the Lost Colony, of 1587


By Jackie Lynnley

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The Queen's bad decision

Why did the Queen refuse to let a ship and supplies to come back to these people?
Why did the Queen refuse to let a ship and supplies to come back to these people? | Source
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File:Map showing location of Jamestown and Roanoke Island Colonies.PNG en.wikipedia

Sir Walter Raleigh on April 9, 1585 sent out seven ships with over one hundred colonists to begin a settlement in the Roanoke region of the new discovered country. Raleigh himself did not go because Queen Elizabeth wanted him by her side. Ralph Lane, was chosen governor of the first Roanoke settlement, being the first of a succession of errors endangering colonization efforts and harm affairs with Native American nations. Lane’s idea of political affairs with the Indian nation that had given the settlers relief was to kidnap the son of Chief Menatonon and seize him as a captive. His excuse for this deliberate hostile deed was to gather information from the chief about the protective capabilities of the bordering Indian nations, only isolating the tribe and forcing the settlers to depend on their own means to survive. Hostilities would grow and be an obstacle to the peaceful organization of the second colony. Within months, the first Roanoke colony was in hysteria and the settlers were near starving, maybe having died if not for Sir Francis Drake arriving in the spring of 1586. Drake wished to use Roanoke as a base of maneuvers for upcoming efforts against the Spanish existence in North America, yet instead he was forced to ship the ineffective colony back to England. Raleigh next chose a man with little military experience to head up his expedition. John White, an artist whom Raleigh respected, was chosen to be the governor of the second expedition. Besides the choice of a less dictatorial leader, Raleigh also invited colonists who were well versed in farming methods as opposed to the less industrial soldiers who populated the first colony. Everything seemed to be in order and the colony seemed destined for success.In 1587 on July 22; Sir Walter Raleigh’s second colony landed at Roanoke Island with 120 settlers. Among these were seventeen women and nine children. The plan had been to go on to Chesapeake Bay, but the fleet’s commander, Fernandez, found Ralph Lane’s abandoned colony and wouldn’t go farther. Since it was too late in the year to plant crops the colonists stayed at Roanoke, and were lead by Governor John White, having been the artist on the 1585 expedition. Efforts to rebuild the falling English fort began almost as soon as the party landed. Governor White began preparing his report on their progress and efforts were made to have a channel of communication with the neighboring Indian nations. Unfortunately, the Roanoke tribe would not sit down with the colonial government, having familiarity with the aggression of Governor Lane only two years before. Persistently though, Governor White sent out a message of peace to the neighboring Indian settlements, an effort to bring about friendly relations with a nation known as Croatoan; located on an island just south of Roanoke colony.

An Unsolved Mystery.

The mystery of the people of Croatoan.

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Giles Milton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia

The Croatoan; also known as Pamlico, were an Algonquian people who populated the islands on the outer banks of North Carolina south of Roanoke. A messenger sent from the colony to the Croatoan nation built positive relations between the two very different groups of people. Although a good sign, still it was very necessary for the governor to return to England in search of supplies and a possible relief effort should departure become a necessity. Governor White left Roanoke in August of 1587 with hopes of returning in just a few months. Previously to his leaving his post, the governor told the colonists to leave him a sign if they felt the need to go on from the region for any reason. He told them to place a cross on a tree as a sign that they were in distress and leaving was necessary for their survival; giving him some idea as to the colony’s status and help him in locating them. It was the last message he gave, and the last time he saw the colonists. He swore to return to Roanoke as soon he could.

A Man With Good Intentions.

Salvation for many.

The missing Roanoke Colony was linked to the mystery of the people of Croatoan. They were described greatly in reports around the islands and along the coastline of North Carolina as a friendly people. Even White described the people of Croatoan as “our friends” and once the shock of the colony’s disappearance wore off he was relieved to find that they had removed themselves from their territory. He knew that they would find assistance there. The governor’s sense of safety regarding the people of Croatoan came from his relationship with a young man name Manteo, who was of that particular tribe. Manteo was a main reason for the establishment of peaceful relations between his people and the settlers of the first Roanoke colony. Even with Governor Lane isolating the leaders of the Roanoke Indian nation, his relationship with Manteo helped promote a friendship with the inhabitants of the settlement’s southern neighbors. Manteo even returned to England with the colony and eventually began the European customs. The second expedition dispatched, Manteo came along in order to assist Governor White with his tactful efforts and also to keep an eye on the governor for Sir Walter Raleigh. In other words, Manteo was Raleigh’s personal representative, being essential to the efforts to maintain the colony and re-open ties with the people of Croatoan. When White returned to the island in 1590, he set out to find the people of Croatoan; for with them was the salvation of his colony.

Uneasy unrest and no trust

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With something good and bad of every land." ~ Philip James Bailey

Lost Colony

Bad blood

It was regrettable though that at the exact time the governor arrived in England; Queen Elizabeth had ordered all ready vessels into service against the gathering Spanish naval forces. In July of 1587, colonist George Howe was found dead; attacked by members of the neighboring Roanoke nation, whom Governor Lane had harassed in 1585. Describing the bloody scene, Governor White commented that the Indians had “beat his head to pieces,” shot him with sixteen arrows, and assaulted him with clubs. This attack came as no real surprise to the governor, who was aware that the actions of his predecessor might have generated a sense of injustice among neighboring Indian nations. Aware of the peaceful personality of Croatoan people, the governor quickly sent Manteo and twenty representatives of the colony to their territory. The embassy succeeds in renewing “the old love that was between” the tribe and the colonists. White went with the Roanoke delegation and promised the Indians that the colonists had no intention of taking over Croatoan territory and did not represent a threat to them; the governor wanted to let the people of Croatoan know that the colonists wished “to live with them as brethren and friends.” Whether this meant that White was seeking some sort of sanctuary should the colony fail is unknown. Implied in his message to the tribal leadership though, was the fact that he did seek some form of co-existence; to greatly improve the colony’s chance for survival if they were included in the territory and protection of the Croatoan nation. White knew, as did the leaders of the Croatoan, that Roanoke was doomed without this treaty of sorts. The Croatoan leaders agreed. His diplomatic mission having succeeded, the governor decided to return to England and arrange for provisions. The first child born was his granddaughter, Virginia Dare, being the first child born of English parents in America. Governor White left for England to tell the news of this new colony. White begged Raleigh and members of the English government to allow him to return to America, but it was not until August 17, 1590 that he was able to return to the colony and by then it was too late. The colonists were gone. All of the buildings were fallen or had been carefully dismantled. With the only clue to their whereabouts the word “Croatoan,” carved on a tree in the center of the town square. What did it mean? He was in a state of shock, but not distraught, since there was no cross located above the word, which meant foul play or a type of attack. There was no sign of fighting, or indication that the colonists were suddenly carried away by natural or unnatural forces. They were simply not there. Something went terribly wrong.

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Roanoke Island

A sudden coastal storm forced the governor’s rescue ships to return to England and he was unable to make the trip to the island. He made a second attempt, months later, but that vessel was also turned back due to bad weather. Entirely heartbroken, the governor went back to his native Ireland and died in obscurity. No one knows what happened to the people of the Roanoke colony. The only one who still believed that they were alive, even after all evidence spoke to the contrary, was Governor White never ceasing to believe they were with the Croatoan. Was this a wishful hope of a heartbroken man who had taken his family here and remembering that newborn granddaughter he last saw at a few days old? The descendants of the Croatoan tribe, modern day Lumbee, began to appear fifty years after the disappearance of the colony. Observers described these people as having European features and speaking English. The Lumbee have remained in North Carolina, even populating the same region as their Croatoan ancestors. They were accepted by both the United States and the state of North Carolina as an officially mixed tribe. Unfortunately, this has resulted in the U.S. government not recognizing them as an Indian nation. However, the state of North Carolina does recognize the Lumbee as the true descendants of Croatoan. It would make perfect sense to conclude that the people of Croatoan were true to their word and accepted the besieged colonists into their nation. Though the disappearance of the Roanoke colony is still considered a mystery, it has been accepted that the colonists came to live among the people of Croatoan. I would like to think that as the truth and for those who may not know; Governor White’s granddaughter has a Dare County on the outer banks of North Carolina; named for her. She was not forgotten and it seems a very likely chance she lived a long life. She may have many descendants there. I choose to believe she does.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

That was fascinating Jackie, I had never heard of this before, I also hope she had a long life and that the indians did indeed save her and the colony, great read, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Ah thank you Nell, was thinking of you! Got a copy of the Queen family photos. Loved them but I have to wonder why she had to have her purse sitting there. Something about that is just funny!


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RihanaFansite 3 years ago from NYC

a good hub. we can learn a lot here. thanks.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

RihanaFasite - Thank you so much!


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Enthralling story Jackie. Not being a citizen of the United States, I had never heard of Virginia Dare or the lost colony of Roanoke. I found this so interesting, especially that the answers are still unknown.

Perhaps the colony had been accepted by the Croatoan Indians but perished at sea trying to relocate to Croatoan Island, who knows.

Though the information passed on to John Smith by Pocahontas' father make you wonder, and the current race of Indians who have blue eyes and claim white ancestry. I have a yearning to know more.


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loveofnight 3 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i too went through school never hearing of her, thank you for the history fill-in. i think that i will delve more into the history of miss. virginia. thanks for the info.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Jackie, this is fascinating! I have never heard of her! Well, they certainly did not teach us anything about her in our history classes in school, did they! I think they left out a lot of history, and I love learning about new and fascinating people. Thanks for such a great job here on your research and I love the interesting photos too, especially that first one is precious.

I bet if we went on Ancestry.com and typed in her name ...who knows what we would find?

I saw your comment to Nell about the Queen family photos and her purse, and it reminded me that my mother would, for some reason, have to have her purse right there with her no matter what.

Had a lovely weekend with the girls, so just getting caught up here.

Up and more, pinning, tweeting and FB

Hugs, Faith Reaper


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Jodah! I am so glad you liked it. I really did too and I do wish it could be solved. The only real way I can think of is if DNA were taken of one of the descendents today of this tribe (if one can be found) and then of the Dare or White family descendents.

Again, thanks!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Jackie what a good educational hub..:)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Virginia Dare - First Born American wow! A beautiful photo and a learning lesson for me never heard of her definitely an educational hub and so well researched. Voted up, interesting, useful.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is a beautiful poem and tribute to America's first born. You did so much research. Great job!


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Very interesting narrative. I like it because it gives some speculation on the relations between the different cultures. sharing


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

Jackie,

Perhaps because I am from NC is the reason I had heard of her, but I do not think I have read anything that does her and the story justice as your article does. Like you, I want to believe as you do in your poem. Beautifully written and presented. A definite Vote UP!

Wishing you a beautiful week,

Kim


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Prose and poetry; way to stretch yourself as a writer, Jackie. Nice history lesson tossed in as a bonus. Well done my friend.

bill


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Jackie, I read this last night and hit follow. There is something special about this hub and the subject. Thank you for giving of yourself so that I can experience these new things.


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

Jackie, I think you did a really great job of expressing our questions about Virginia Dare in poetry. Thanks for including the history, too, for people who had never been taught about her. Virginia Dare was taught to us as an important part of our history in elementary school (back in the dark ages). I remember the lesson being a bright spot in an otherwise droning on about settlers in Roanoke.

History is taught so differently now that I am not surprised. We have been told that since there is so much history to be taught now, there is no time to teach it all. They say they have to leave in only the most significant parts and delete the rest. Apparently it is not important to teach about the first white settler born in America. Is it because Virginia Dare was a female?

The History Channel has a very good at-length program about the settlers with a nicely done segment about Virginia Dare.


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

I vaguely remember something said about Virginia Dare. Maybe a history teacher of years back said something, but I am not sure. This is quite interesting!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Fascinating information and it's not beyond imagination that the colonists mixed with the Indians. Poor Virginia Dare's name and image have been much exploited over the years, used to sell everything from tobacco to political ideals. I enjoyed reading this hub! Voted up and more!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

You are welcome loveofnight and thank you. That seems the way it was for many of us.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks Faith, I do appreciate the shares so much. This was such an interesting find of about three years ago and I have meant to get into even more and well you know how scarce time can be. I think basically from all I have seen that the powers that be want to say she was killed as a baby but I think the ones seeing this English looking people pop up were not lying and that surely means something and what better explanation? I would love to find more stories like this. History could have been much more interesting to girls if we knew anything in the past happened to females besides sewing a flag. lol


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Frank, thank you so much!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Devika, thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed it.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thanks rebecca, I really Hated making it so long but I couldn't choose what to take out, it all seems so important. I may read it over a few times and manage to shorten it some. Will try. lol


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Never heard of Virginia Dare, but then I am not American-born. Thank for this interesting piece of history.


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

I do love history and I loved reading this. I have never heard of Virginia Dare.

Great work.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

dahoglund, times then seem much like now, some wanted peace and some didn't lol. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Kim, I am from NC too,lol, and although I can't swear how I heard about her I would guess through some library visits looking at local history. I really didn't care for history in school but I did my work to get my grade but I would def have remembered Virginia. Thanks so much for coming by!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes billy it is my way of getting my poetry in and still dig my way out of these 80s! Thanks for coming by! I will be right over.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Eric, I do that too on ones I like to follow. This was an interesting time and mystery and I find it interesting how many did not know about Virginia. Thanks for coming by.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

MizBejabbers, that was my thought that perhaps because she was female but we had many female teachers so surely they would see it as important. I don't imagine many kids today are interested in this time period, a shame though. Thanks for stopping by!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

MizBejabbers, that was my thought that perhaps because she was female but we had many female teachers so surely they would see it as important. I don't imagine many kids today are interested in this time period, a shame though. Thanks for stopping by!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Levertis, it really interested me, wish there was more we could find out. Thanks for coming by. I appreciate it.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Very interesting! Great lesson and beautiful way to tell it! Thank you for sharing this! UP and interesting!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Funnily enough I was sitting reading the pull out of the newspaper about the royal christening, hope you got to see it over there?


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is such a compliment FlourishAnyway, thank you so much! Yes I am sure that is true and still being done.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you MsDora, and thank you for reading.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you wetnosedogs, you are just another one of us!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

So pleased you enjoyed it Randi and thanks for the votes!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

No Nell I did not get to see that, been meaning to google it. Will do that now, thanks!


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I've heard about the lost colony, I think there was a Time Team type dig where they had last lived. It's a sad story, but your images are lovely. Thank you for the story and your poem.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Blossom for coming by to read. Pleased you enjoyed it. I will look into the Time Team dig. Thank you!


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi Jackie,

Haven't been getting my notifications again. Not sure what's going on. So I stopped by your profile to see what's new and glad I did. I believe I've heard of her, but didn't remember why. Thanks for the enlightenment.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Bill. NP. I have the same problems and I guess many of us do. Even when I get messages someone has left a comment here it doesn't tell me about everyone. Well at least I was here when yours came in.


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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

Great job!! An A+ if you were my student, but you aren't so... up, across and sharing it.

I love the way you came up with poem. Great paintings selection also. Bravo!! I did not know about her, and if I did she was not presented in such wonderful way. Thanks, now I know Virginia Dare.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

So very nice of you Lastheart, it feels so good to be appreciated. Thank you!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Loved the poem, and this very compelling historical mystery. Excellent hub, very interesting.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Great to see you Jo! Thank you so much. One I really enjoyed too.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I am not an American citizen but I do very much admire women who have made sacrifices in order to make a difference. Kudos to Virginia Dare!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Michelle, I am hoping being female bought her some years!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

I vaguely remember the story of Virginia Dare from elementary school, but certainly have forgotten all about her. This is so interesting Jackie. I remember learning about Roanoke and its disappearance as a mystery but I didn't know all the specifics you included here. So fascinating. I also love your poem in tribute to Virginia. I do hope yhey lived with the Indians and no harm came to her.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you suzette. I hope that too, so hard to imagine men mean enough to kill a helpless little baby. If they were the group the grandfather wrote about it seemed they were a good people and I will choose to believe that she did survive as long as no one can prove differently.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

It's too bad that this turned into such a mystery. Sometimes people that disappear wish to remain missing. This points in every direction to the fact that the colonists were living.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes Deb, I ink it does too and was surprised to hear so many who want to ignore the word of witnesses saying there were English blood in the Croatoan tribe at the appropriate time if meshed with the captives. Thanks for stopping by.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Yes Deb, I ink it does too and was surprised to hear so many who want to ignore the word of witnesses saying there were English blood in the Croatoan tribe at the appropriate time if meshed with the captives. Thanks for stopping by.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I remember reading about Virginia Dare in school but have forgotten all the details. Thank you for posting this wonderful history lesson. Your poem pays much tribute to her and your research is excellent.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you so much teaches, coming from you that does mean much!


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

I knew the story of Virginia Dare. I guess I always assumed it didn't get more exposure because she was female.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

You seem to be one of the few...and that could well be why. Thanks for reading.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

When I was a little girl I saw the lost colony show at the outer banks and always wondered what happened to them. That story has stayed with me all these years and I still find it fascinating. This was really interesting. Shared.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

GTF- Wow how I would love to see that! Bet that would stick with a child and why history is so important to make interesting for children. Thanks for reading and sharing that with us!


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Wow! What a fascinating story Jackie! I have not heard or read about Virginia Dare. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading it.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you Thelma; very pleased to share it once I found out myself. Now I am working on another American female who has been all but missed. Anna Catharina.


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torrilynn 2 years ago

this was an interesting hub. I liked how you included some history in your hub as well as a poem. and now I know a little bit more about Virginia Dare. thank you.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you torrilynn for coming by to read! I appreciate that.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South Author

Thank you for that information wheelinallover; that was very interesting. You should write your own version if you haven't.

I doubt too that Virginia made it but I guess something in me just wants to believe some Indian woman perhaps wanted the baby and she got to grow up. Just like stories with happy endings, lol.


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wheelinallover 22 months ago from Central United States

How long does a life have to be? As stated above the average life expectancy for all American Indians in this time frame was about 35 years. There is not much of a question that she wasn't killed as a baby, unless by accident. American Indians did not base value of a child on the color of the skin. All babies had value. Many of the tribes also took slaves after they had fought with another tribe. The older children of the settlement most likely met this fate. Probably the women also.

Remember there were not a lot of colonies in America at this time. The American Indian's had very little understanding of white culture if any. They would go by what they had always done. Most took those they vanquished as slaves which in time were integrated into the tribe.


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South Author

That is true I know wheelinallover; but it has been awhile sine I read all this but I remember this tribe was angered over something and still I would hope too they could not kill a small baby even though that seems to be the popular thought of most other studies I have looked at. I wish in this day of DNA there were some way of finding this answer still.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

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