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Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh1554-1618

Early Life and EducationSir Walter Raleigh was born in 1554 in Devon, England. Raleigh was a Protestant, and that was also the religion of his family. It is likely that he was given sailing lessons by his father and three half brothers, Humphrey, John, and Adrian Gilbert. He went to Oxford University to study for three years. He didn't end up getting a degree. Raleigh then went on to study at the Inns of Court in London in the year 1575. The Inns of Court in London was a training college for lawyers.

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ConclusionRaleigh is known for being an English writer, adventurer, soldier, and explorer. He took part in the Smerwick Massacre, and helped establish a colony near Roanoke Island. Queen Elizabeth I favored him, but James I imprisoned him and put him to death for treason. He is also known for helping introduce tobacco and potatoes to Europe. Potatoes later became a major Irish crop. An influential and amazing man of his time, Sir Walter Raleigh will always be remembered.

Fun FactsIn 1591, he married Elizabeth ThrockmortonHe had three kids: Damerei, who died as a baby, Walter (Wat) who died at the age of 24, and CarewRaleigh was knighted in 1585He became the captain of Queen Elizabeth I’s royal guardIn 1588, Raleigh took part in England’s defeat of the Spanish armada

The History of The World was written by Raleigh during his imprisonment in The Tower Of London (1603-1616)

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TravelsIn 1578, an expedition was launched to create and establish an English colony in North America. Raleigh was the captain of their ship, The Falcon. It was a failure; they only made it to the Cape Verde Islands and back to Plymouth, England. In 1587, he explored from North Carolina to Florida. Raleigh took part in naming the region Virginia in honor of Queen Elizabeth I (The “Virgin Queen”). After being released from imprisonment in the Tower of London, he led an expedition to Guiana. He and his crew were looking for the legendary city of gold, El Dorado.

BattlesIn 1569, Raleigh fought in the French Religious War. He was only 15 years old at the time. Later, he served in the Hugenot army in France. In Ireland, he fought in Queen Elizabeth I’s army during the Smerwick massacre. Many lives were lost.


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