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Dare, Virginia, 1587-
The first child of English parents born in the New World.
In 1587 John White went to Roanoke Island as governor of an agricultural colony sent out by Sir Walter Raleigh.
He was accompanied by his son-in-law, William Dare, and his young wife.
It was intended to plant the colony on the mainland, but White went no farther than Roanoke.
There he found the melancholy remains, in the form of whitened skeletons and a broken fort, which told the sad fate of the protectors of the rights of England which Grenville had left there.
The new colonists wisely determined to cultivate the friendship of the Indians.
Manteo (the chief who accompanied Amidas and Barlow to England), living with his mother and relatives on Croatan Island, invited the colonists to settle on his domain.
White persuaded him to receive the rites of Christian baptism, and bestowed upon him the title of baron, as Lord of Roanoke— the first and last peerage ever created on the soil of the America
nd and wise the colony might have prospered; but he and his followers were greedy for gold, and only Harriott, the historian, acted like a sensible Christian.
Lane had the gold fever severely, and all trusted more to fire-arms than to friendship to secure the good — will of the Indians.
Sometimes the latter were treated with cruelty, and a flame of vengeance was kindled and kept alive.
The Indians deceived the English with tales of gold-bearing regions near, and that the source of the Roanoke River was among rocks near the Pacific Ocean, where the houses were lined with pearls.
Lane explored, found himself deceived, and returned.
The Indians, who wanted to have the English dispersed in the forest, so as to exterminate them in detail, were discomfited.
They looked with awe upon the English with fire-arms, and, believing more were coming to take their lands away from them, they determined to slay them.
Lane, satisfied that there was a wide-spread conspiracy against the colony, st