Garrison Keillor Says Happy Birthday, V. Dare!

Well, what he actually says in

The Writer`s Almanac

August 18

“It`s the birthday of the first English child born in

Virginia Dare
, born in
Roanoke Island, Virginia (now North Carolina) (1587).
Her mother was Ellinor White Dare, daughter of the
Roanoke colony governor, John White. They were among the
120 settlers who left England in 1587 on an expedition
sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh. Virginia Dare`s life is
a mystery. Nine days after she was born, her
grandfather, Governor White, left the Roanoke colony for
England, to try to get more supplies. He returned on
this day in 1590—on his granddaughter Virginia`s third
birthday—with a relief expedition, but the settlers,
along with the infant, had vanished. There was only one
clue, carved on a post: the word croatoan. No one
knows for sure what happened to the survivors of the
"Lost Colony." Many people think they were absorbed into
the Croatan tribe of Native Americans.”


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“Native Americans,” of
course, should be “Indians,” on the

of our Commanche correspondent,

Dr. David Yeagley
. But it`s nice to see our

heroine rediscovered by National Public

Maybe they`ll discover
immigration reform next!