Virginia Dare, the white doe and the lost colony – between history and legend

More than four hundred years ago, Europeans wanted to set up colonies in the New World. Sir Walter Raleigh, an adventurous English gentleman, sent a group of men to explore the present-day continents of North and South America. A later expedition established a settlement on Roanoke Island, on the North Carolina coast. In 1586, after enduring winter hardships, lack of food, and disagreements with the Indians, survivors of this colony returned home to England with their captain, Sir Francis Drake. Then Raleigh decided to send a second group of colonists…

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