"Ha, you think it’s funny/turning the mysterious disappearance of 16th century colonist girls into money"
Virginia Dare was the first American-born child of the English settlers on Roanoke island, present day North Carolina, in 1587. Other than that, little is know about her. When her father belatedly returned from England with fresh supplies in 1590, he found the colony where she lived deserted. Whether they were killed, captured, or - most likely - they were forced to integrate with local tribes in order to survive remains unknown, but the story of Virginia Dare and the other lost colonists soon slipped into folklore, and, inevitably, commerce wasn’t far behind..
The romanticised myth that quickly built up around Dare led to her name being used to sell stuff, mainly chewing tobacco and wine - surely her two favourite things. And that’s the story of America.