Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh was born on Jan 22, 1552 in Devon, UK, and he died on Oct 29, 1618 in London, UK. Walter was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, explorer, soldier, politician, courtier, and a spy. He was married to Elizabeth Raleigh (1591-1618). When he was married, he had some affairs with Queen Elizabeth I. Walter established a colony near Roanoke Island (now known as Virginia). Walter was imprisoned in the Tower of London and was eventually put to death for treason by James I.

Walter popularized tobacco in England. He explored North Carolina to Florida, and named it Virginia. "... Many of [Walter's] accomplishments were achieved in spite of, rather than because of, his special relationship with Queen Elizabeth I,".

Walter's influence was important, as he established a state in the U.S. America (at the time) was thought of as a hard place to live in, let alone explore, not knowing if you were going to be attacked, this shows that Walter was a very brave man. He once wrote, "... In America [there are] many high and impassible mountains which are very rich and full of gold, inhabited only with Tigers, Lyons, and other ravenous and cruell beasts...".

  • Education
    • University of Oxford
    • Oriel College