Roanoke Island is an island that is part of Dare County.
Roanoke was first settled around 8,000 B.C. Vibrant native American fishing communities were around the island bout the year 0. At time of European Contact the island was home to Algonquian Natives,
There was an early settlement in what would become the United States. It was located on what is now the coast of North Carolina. Walter Raleigh and others lived there from 1585 to 1587. It was eventually given up, and nobody knows why. Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World, was born on Roanoke.
There was a Civil War battle fought on this island in February of 1862. Union forces had the advantage because they outnumbered the Confederate defenders. The Confederate Army beveling that the swamps on the island were impassable did not post guards there. Union soldiers then approached the Confederate defenders on their sides, forcing the Confederate commander Henry Shaw to surrender.
Manteo is the largest town on the island and the county seat of Dare County. To the south of the island there is a town called Wanchese, which is not incorporated unlike Manteo. These towns are named after the Indians who first met the English expeditions that took place in the 1570s and 1580s.