Virginia Dare was the first child born in America (while under British control) to British parents. She was born on August 18, 1587 in the Roanoke Colony.
Her maternal grandfather was John White, the governor of Roanoke Island. The Island is just off the coast of modern-day North Carolina and had only 120 settlers at the time.
Roanoke Colony is famously known as the “Lost Colony” and is shrouded in myth and folklore. Governor White left the colony to return to England for more supplies and money,when he returned in 1591 everyone had disappeared. The only thing left was a stone carving with the word “Croatan.” This led many to speculate that the settlers were killed or kidnapped by the Croatan tribe.
North Carolina still celebrates Virginia Dare’s birthday on Roanoke Island.