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Virginia Dare, first English bairn born in the New World, was born on this date in 1587 at Fort Raleigh of the Roanoke Colony on the present day Outer Banks.  Roanoke is one of those enduring American myths/mysteries—the almost inevitability of the colonists’ desperation, the Anglo-Spanish War interfering with any relief, and the confounding “CROATOAN” carved on the palisades the only remnant of the 115 or so men, women, and children left behind to survive on the Outer Banks for three years with no help.  Where did they go?  Naturally, conspiracy buffs tend to jump straight to the supernatural for answers, but archaeologists continue to dig in the area, searching for clues.  No doubt the answer is simple (and likely not pretty), as three years in the wild for untested new colonists on a swampy sort of islandy area of land none had ever seen before would doubtless have done nearly any of us in (or at least led us to follow a native peoples who sometimes called themselves Croatan into the wild), but it is fun to speculate.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: August 18, 1937
From: Manteo, NC
SC #796

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: July 13, 1984
From: Manteo, NC
Designed by: Charles Lundgren
SC #2093

(Source: arago.si.edu)

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