Walter Raleigh Research Paper

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The date of Raleigh's actual birth, as to when Walter Raleigh was born is questionable, although the Oxford Dictionary assumes it to be 1554. Walter Raleigh was born in Devon, England in a farmhouse to Walter Raleigh and Katherine Gilbert. Walter was the youngest of five sons of a Protestant family, and his half brother was the famous explorer, Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Growing up during the Tudor time period, many affluent families sent their sons to chantry schools. At a young age, Walter left England to fight alongside the French Protestants in the Wars of Religion from 1571 to 1574 in France. He was raised as a Protestant and was related to a prominent Protestant named Comte de Montgomerie. Consequently, Raleigh saw hundreds of Huguenots die …show more content…
Raleigh returned from the fight and went to Oxford and studied law at the Middle Temple Law College. During that time, he began his lifelong interest in writing poetry. His favorite poetic theme, the temporary state of all earthly things. Raleigh’s theme was popular with other poets and changed the works of great artists and writers. In 1578, Raleigh set out with Sir Humphrey Gilbert on a quest to find the Northwest Passage to Eastern Asia. The voyage quickly degenerated into a privateering mission against the Spanish, where Raleigh hired out his ship to attack the Spanish. On their return in 1579, Raleigh’s arrogant actions faced the displeasure of the King’s advisors. Furthermore, he was engaged in several altercations and was imprisoned twice in six months for his behavior. This expedition may have inspired his plan to establish a colony in the …show more content…
Instead of sending men to find fortune, he sent families to establish a permanent colony in Virginia, named after the Virgin Queen. The plan did not work because a captain of a ship decided to go back to Roanoke, rekindling the fire of past problems with the natives and the land. Queen Elizabeth sent John White and Manteo as governors of the territory. White’s wife was having a baby, which led him to make some bad decisions for the welfare of the colony. He went back to England in hopes of sending back supplies to the colony and left behind 113 colonists including

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