Walter Raleigh (1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer.He financed and later led expeditions to the Americas and is given credit for being the first to introduce both tobacco and potatoes to Britain, although this is probably incorrect.

Walter Raleigh (1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer.He financed and later led expeditions to the Americas and is given credit for being the first to introduce both tobacco and potatoes to Britain, although this is probably incorrect.

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Sir Walter Raleigh's house at Blackwall, London. Photo c. 1890, National Maritime Museum, ID: H0657.

Sir Walter Raleigh's house at Blackwall, London. Photo c. 1890, National Maritime Museum, ID: H0657.

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Sir Walter Raleigh, one of Elizabeth's favorites. A fascinating man, to say the least.

Sir Walter Raleigh, one of Elizabeth's favorites. A fascinating man, to say the least.

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Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake Queen Elizabeth 1's privateers, or pirates, dependent on your point of view

Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake Queen Elizabeth 1's privateers, or pirates, dependent on your point of view

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Egypt: the Nile delta and the history of the Pharaohs, from the notes of Sir Walter Raleigh, made during his imprisonment in the Tower of London, ca. 1603 - 1616

Egypt: the Nile delta and the history of the Pharaohs, from the notes of Sir Walter Raleigh, made during his imprisonment in the Tower of London, ca. 1603 - 1616

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The Lost Colony of Roanoke: In the 1580s, Sir Walter Raleigh got permission to found a colony in the New World. More than 100 people signed on, only to find themselves in dire conditions. Their leader, Governor John White, was sent back to England for help. He returned 3 years later but found the settlement deserted. His men could not find any trace of the 117 colonists, nor was there any sign of a battle. The only clue was the word CROATOAN carved into a post and CRO carved into a nearby…

The Lost Colony of Roanoke: In the 1580s, Sir Walter Raleigh got permission to found a colony in the New World. More than 100 people signed on, only to find themselves in dire conditions. Their leader, Governor John White, was sent back to England for help. He returned 3 years later but found the settlement deserted. His men could not find any trace of the 117 colonists, nor was there any sign of a battle. The only clue was the word CROATOAN carved into a post and CRO carved into a nearby…

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