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Sir Walter Raleigh (c. 1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer. He is also well known for popularizing tobacco in England.
Little is known about Raleigh's birth.Some historians believe that he was born on 22 January 1552, although the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography currently favours a date of 1554. He grew up in the house of Hayes Barton, a farmhouse near the village of East Budleigh, not far from Budleigh Salterton in Devon. He was the youngest of five sons born to Catherine Champernowne in two successive marriages. His half-brothers John Gilbert, Humphrey Gilbert, and Adrian Gilbert, and his full brother Carew Raleigh were also prominent during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. Catherine Champernowne was a niece of Kat Ashley, Elizabeth's governess, who introduced the young men at court.
Sir Walter Raleigh Gender: Male Birth: 1552 - Hayes Barton, Devon, England Death: Oct 29 1618 - Middlesex, London, England Father: Walter Raleigh, Sr/Elder Mother: Katherine Champernon Wife: Elizabeth Raleigh (born Throckmorton) Children: John Small Son Raleigh Carew Raleigh Damerei Raleigh Edward Smalley Walter Raleigh
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On 24 Apr 2017 at 20:46 GMT Linda (Ortland) Larson wrote:
On 26 Dec 2016 at 18:24 GMT Darvana Dennis wrote:
Why is there no mention of this in his biography?
On 29 May 2016 at 13:28 GMT Shelley Freestone wrote:
James I's royal warrant pardoning Raleigh in 1617. In 1617, Raleigh was pardoned by the King and granted permission to conduct a second expedition to Venezuela in search of El Dorado. During the expedition, a detachment of Raleigh's men under the command of his long-time friend Lawrence Keymis attacked the Spanish outpost of Santo Tomé de Guayana on the Orinoco River, in violation of peace treaties with Spain, and against Raleigh's orders. A condition of Raleigh's pardon was avoidance of any hostility against Spanish colonies or shipping. In the initial attack on the settlement, Raleigh's son, Walter, was fatally shot. Keymis informed Raleigh of his son's death and begged for forgiveness, but did not receive it, and at once committed suicide. On Raleigh's return to England, an outraged Count Gondomar, the Spanish ambassador, demanded that Raleigh's death sentence be reinstated by King James, who had little choice but to do so. Raleigh was brought to London from Plymouth by Sir Lewis Stukeley, where he passed up numerous opportunities to make an effective escape.
On 19 Feb 2015 at 04:06 GMT Renee Malloy wrote:
On 19 Feb 2015 at 03:41 GMT Anne B wrote:
On 23 Sep 2014 at 04:40 GMT Renee Malloy wrote:
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