Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sir Walter Raleigh

Raleigh, NC, the state capital and second largest city, and Raleigh County, WV, are named after Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618), an English gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. His mother was the niece of Elizabeth I’s governess. Without the Queen’s permission, he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, a lady-in-waiting, and both were imprisoned in the Tower of London for the offense. Raleigh searched for a golden city of El Dorado in South America and sent others to establish Roanoke, which became known as “the Lost Colony.” While imprisoned for treason, he wrote a History of the World.

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