Sir Walter Raleigh

Brady Adams Explorer Project

His Life Story

Sir Walter Raleigh was born in 1552. He died on October 29, 1618. He was raised in Hayes Barton in Devon. He volunteered to fight in Huguenot army in France. He attended Oxford University studying law in London. In 1582 Raleigh secretly married one of Queen Elizabeth's maids of honour.The queen got super jealous and put them both in prison. When he was released, he tried to make it up to her by setting out on an expedition to find El Dorado (the Golden Land) which people thought was somewhere near the Orinoco River in Guiana and failed. The queen and King James I already hated him so they accused him of plotting against king which lead to 12 years in prison. When he was released, he was supposed to lead another expedition to find El Dorado again. He failed, again. He also disobeyed the king’s orders and attacked the Spaniards, this led to his death sentence and on October 29, 1618 he was executed.
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Sir Walter Raleigh Was Important

In 1578, he sailed to Roanoke Island with Sir Humphrey Gilbert and was originally going to start a colony there . In 1587 he tried again to settle a colony there, but that failed as well. Despite the colonies failing, he was still credited for bringing potatoes and tobacco back to Great Britain. Raleigh also helped make smoking popular in court. He was appointed captain of the Queen’s Guard. Raleigh was thrown in jail for secretly marrying one of the queen’s maids of honour. When he was released he was aloud an expedition to look for El Dorado. That was a fail. He was thrown in jail for a second time for “plotting against the king”. When he was released, he led another expedition to search for El Dorado and failed again for the fourth time. In 1618, he disobeyed the king’s orders and attacked the Spaniards and was executed.


Raleigh's Expediton to Roanoke

Wednesday, June 13th 1584 at 9pm

Roanoke, VA, United States

Roanoke, VA

On April 27, 1584 Sir Walter Raleigh sailed out to find Roanoke island. He arrived there on July 13, 1584. He tried to start a colony there, but the colony failed.
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His Fundings

Queen Elizabeth funded his expeditions. Ireland was where he got most of his fundings. Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to the Americas to start the Roanoke Colony. The colony mysteriously disappeared while he was returning back to Europe.


The Life of Sir Walter Raleigh