“For centuries they have been roaming on the Banks, and current tradition has it that they are descended from Barbary ponies which were brought over by Sir Walter Raleigh’s colonists. As early as 1565, shipwrecked horses found their way onto the shores of the Shackleford Banks (otherwise known as Shackleford Island).”
~Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick, Into the Wind: Wild Horses of North America

National Park Service, first 100 Years
Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina
Mustangs of Shackleford Banks
Established March 10, 1966