Croatoan – Today In Southern History

18 August 1590  

On this date in 1590…

Governor John White returned to Roanoke colony and found that thecolonists had vanished. The only clue to the mysterious disappearance was the word, “Croatoan” found carved into a tree.

Other Years:
  • 1587 – Virginia Dare was the first child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor and Ananias Dare, at the ill-fated Roanoke, North Carolina colony.
  • 1774 – Explorer Meriwether Lewis was born near Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • 1779 – A hurricane struck the Louisiana coast, killing many and sinking all but one of a fleet of Spanish warships.
  • 1864 – Federal General Ulysses Grant refused a second Confederate request to exchange Prisoners of War.
  • 1963 – James Meredith became the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
  • 1981 – University of Georgia running back, Herschel Walker took out a Lloyd’s of London insurance policy for $1 million.
  • 1983 – Hurricane Alicia struck Houston and Galveston, Texas killing 17 people.

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