As one of the original 13 British colonies, the state of North Carolina is rich in history and rife with myths and tales of heroism. Perhaps the most famous colonial North Carolinian is Sir Walter Raleigh, who was responsible for financing the Roanoke Colony during the 16th century. Unfortunately, the colony of 118 men, women, and children is said to have vanished sometime between 1587 and 1590.
Among the other well-known residents of colonial North Carolina were Edward Teach — AKA “Blackbeard” the pirate — and Virginia Dare. When she was born at Fort Raleigh on August 18, 1587, Ms. Dare was the very first person to be born on Roanoke Island. As for Mr. Blackbeard the pirate, the well-known Outer Banks mariner is said to have lost his life while fighting the Royal Navy in November of 1718.