Sir Walter Raleigh Timeline
 

Sir Walter Raleigh Timeline

Sir Walter Raleigh Timeline ( 1552 - 1618)
The famous Elizabethan courtier and explorer
Dates relating to his early life and family,
Establishing the Virginia colony of Roanoke Island
His imprisonment in the Tower of London and his famous writings
His execution
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Why was Sir Walter Raleigh famous?
Sir Walter Raleigh was famous for establishing the Virginia colony of Roanoke Island and introducing tobacco and the potato to Europe. As a famous courtier in the court of Queen Elizabeth I where he was reputed to have placed his cloak over a puddle in order to prevent her from muddying her shoes.

    1552 Short Biography of Sir Walter Raleigh
Date of Birth: Born in 1552
Place of Birth : Hayes Barton in Devonshire, England
Parents: Father - Walter Raleigh
             Mother: Katherine Gilbert (née Champernowne)
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : From a Protestant family. His half brother was the famous explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert. He was also related to Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake
 
         
    1552 Date of actual birth is unknown. He was born in Hayes Barton in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England. He was initially educated by a home tutor  
         
    1567 The young Raleigh joined a troop of a hundred horse, raised by a family member called the Compte de Montgomerie  
         
    1572 August 24:   He witnesses the St Bartholomew's Day massacre where French Protestants were massacred by French Catholics in Paris  
         
    1574 Attended Oriel College, Oxford  
         
    1575 Became a member of the Middle Temple  
         
    1578 Walter Raleigh sails with his half brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, to America  
         
    1579 Has an illegitimate daughter by a local woman called Alice Goold  
         
    1580 Raleigh helps to put down the Irish rebellion and becomes a favourite of Queen Elizabeth. and becomes extremely wealthy from lucrative wine monopolies he is granted by the Queen  
         
    1581 He founded the secret society called "The School of Night" which was closely related to the mysterious Rosicrucian movement  
         
    1584 March 25: Walter Raleigh receives the patent to explore and settle in North America

June: Walter Raleigh's fleet of seven vessels under Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane, with 108 men, reach Roanoke Island

June 4: Virginia colony of Roanoke Island established by Walter Raleigh
 
         
    1585 January 6: Queen Elizabeth knights Walter Raleigh and makes him governor of the new territory discovered by Amadas and Barlowe. Raleigh names it "Virginia" in her honor  
         
    1586 Sir Francis Walsingham and Sir Walter Raleigh discover plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots (called the Babington Plot)  
         
    1587 July 22: Sir Walter Raleigh backs the first English Colony in North America (North Carolina) led by John White to the English Roanoke Colony

August 18: Virginia Dare born in Roanoke colony , the first English child born in North America

Became captain of the Queen's guard.
 
         
    1588 Raleigh donated "Ark Royal" to the English navy to lead the English fleet against the Spanish Armada

Sir Walter Raleigh was responsible for the joint defence of Devon and Cornwall against the expected Spanish invasion
 
         
    1589 :Sir Walter Raleigh & Sir Richard Grenville guard the sea approaches to Ireland  
         
    1592 Married Elizabeth (Bessie) Throckmorton incurring the wrath of Queen Elizabeth when she discovers that he has married one her ladies in waiting. Queen Elizabeth sends Sir Walter Raleigh to the Tower of London

He Is released when one of his ships brings back a huge treasure on the captured Spanish ship called the "Madre De Dios"
 
         
    1593 Walter and Bessie have a son, also called Walter  
         
    1595 6 February: Sir Walter Raleigh leaves England to sail to the New World looking for the city of El Dorado

Sir Walter Raleigh fails to find the City of Gold but explores the Orinoco
 
         
    1600 Appointment as governor of Jersey (one of the Channel Islands)  
         
    1603 24 March: Queen Elizabeth I dies and is succeeded by King James, the son of Mary Queen of Scots

King James, eager to make peace with the Spanish, imprisons him in the Tower of London on charges of treason
 
         
    1604 Walter and Bessie have another son called Carew  
         
    1612 King James releases Raleigh, who promises to give King James a fortune if he allows him to return to Guiana  
         
    1616 He travels to Guiana but his mission fails and he attacks a Spanish settlement  
         
    1618 Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for attacking the Spanish  
         
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