Happy 422nd birthday, Virginia Dare, wherever you are

Virginia Dare (born August 18, 1587) was the first child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor and Ananias Dare. She was born into a short-lived colony on Roanoke Island.

The fact of her birth is known because the leader of the colony, Eleanor Dare's father, John White, returned to England to seek assistance for the colony. When White returned three years later, the colonists were gone.

422 years later, Virginia's birthday will be celebrated all day in the Elizabethan Gardens.

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