Sir Walter Raleigh

ebook Profiles In American History

By Earle Rice, Jr.

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Sir Walter Raleigh streaked across the Elizabethan heavens like a bright, shining star. Often regarded as a true Renaissance man—that is, a man gifted with many talents and abilities—he lived life to the fullest. Born to adventure, Raleigh parlayed a sharp mind and a yen for prestige and power into enough living for a dozen lesser men. As soldier, swashbuckler, writer, historian, poet, explorer, businessman, and more, he rose in favor at the court of Elizabeth I—England's Good Queen Bess—and made history as he wrote it.

Raleigh fought courageously for England in France, Ireland, and elsewhere at sea. He founded the first American colony at Roanoke Island in the New World, introduced tobacco and the potato to Ireland, and searched for the golden city of El Dorado in South America. At the peak of his fame—some say infamy—he knelt down as a commoner and arose as a knight.

Sir Walter Raleigh