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Walter Raleigh
(1552 - 1618)

1552 Born near Budleigh Salterton, Devon
1569 Fights for the Huguenots
1572 Attends Oriel College, Oxford
1575 Attends Middle Temple law college
1580 Fights against the Irish rebels in Munster
1583 Gains monopoly of wine licenses
1585 Gains monopoly of the export of broadcloth ; Knighted by Queen Elizabeth I
1587 Appointed captain of the queen's guard
1588 Marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (kept a secret from the queen) [year approx.]
1589 Tries to establish a colony near Roanoke Island (in present North Carolina)
1592 Imprisoned in the Tower of London when Elizabeth I learns of his marriage
1595 Leads an expedition to what is now Venezuela, in South America
1596 The Discoverie of Guiana published; Joins Robert Devereux, earl of Essex, on an unsuccessful expedition to the Spanish city of Cádiz
1597 Joins Essex on an expedition to the Azores
1600 Appointed governor of Jersey
1603 Accused of plotting to dethrone the king, imprisoned in the Tower for 13 years
1614 The History of the World published
1616 King suspends sentence, Raleigh is free. He mounts expedition to Venezuela
1618 Executed, 29 October, Tower of London

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