Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare was born on Roanoke Island, part of the Outer Banks of what is today North Carolina. Virginia Dare was the first English child born in North America, and was part of the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke, whose complete disappearance is still a mystery.Roanoke Island was one of the first attempted English settlements in the “New World” of the Americas. (Jamestown, Virginia, established years after Roanoke, would succeed in being the first permanent English settlement.) Soon after Virginia Dare’s birth, a group led by her grandfather, Roanoke Colony Governor John White, left the colony to collect supplies in England.White and the supply ship returned three years later, on Virginia’s birthday (August 18, 1590). He found the settlement gone entirely. There was no evidence of a violent raid or abduction by Native Americans, and no evidence of where or when the settlers moved. The only clue was the word “Croatan” carved into a tree trunk. Archaeologists and anthropologists still debate what happened to the more than 100 settlers of the “Lost Colony.” Many think that they joined one of the local Iroquois communities.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry abduct Verb
to kidnap or illegally take a person away.
person who studies cultures and characteristics of communities and civilizations.
person who studies artifacts and lifestyles of ancient cultures.
to try or make an effort.
people and land separated by distance or culture from the government that controls them.
to argue or disagree in a formal setting.
to vanish or leave without a trace.
to form or officially organize.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
day or other period of time set to celebrate or commemorate an event, usually with a series of parties, ceremonies, or observances.
person who studies events and ideas of the past.
people and cultures united as a confederacy in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. Also called the Six Nations, for members of the confederacy: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
unknown or secret thing.
Native American Noun
person whose ancestors were native inhabitants of North or South America. Native American usually does not include Eskimo or Hawaiian people.
New World Noun
the Western Hemisphere, made up of the Americas and their islands.
Outer Banks Noun
barrier islands off the coast of the U.S. state of North Carolina.
procession of performers and entertainers.
constant or lasting forever.
community or government policy of denying certain rights to people based on their ancestry, usually signified by skin color.
to stage a sudden, violent attack, usually for robbery.
community or village.
amount of a product that is available to consumers.
something used to represent something else.
strong, destructive force.