in August 1587, a group of settlers about 115 arrived at Roanoke Island . Later that year john white governor of the new colony would sail back to England to gather supplies. As he arrived a war broke between England and Spain, Queen Elisabeth 1 called every available ship to confront the Spanish armada.
Whites daughter had a baby named Virginia. White decided to return to England for supplies and didn't come back 6-8 months later. In fact it was almost three years before white can make it back to Roanoke.
In 1587 John became governor of sir Walter Raleigh. Failed attempt at the permanent settlement on Roanoke island Known in history as the lost colony. This was the earliest effort to establish a permanent English colony in the new world.