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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Raleigh, Sir Walter 1552- (search)
Raleigh, Sir Walter 1552- Navigator; born in Hayes, Devonshire, England, in 1552; Sir Walter> Raleigh educated at Oxford; and at the age of seventeen went as a soldier to France to assist the Huguenots. He afterwards fought in the Netherlands, and returning to England found that his half-brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, had just obtained a patent for establishing a plantation in America. Raleigh joined him, and they sailed for the Western Continent in 1579, but were turned back by the loss of one ship and the crippling of the others in a fight with Spanish cruisers. After serving in the suppression of a rebellion in Ireland, he was admitted to the Court of Queen Elizabeth, who conferred honors upon him. These favors were won by his gallantry in spreading his scarlet cloak over a miry place for the Queen to walk upon. Through his influence he obtained another patent for Gilbert, and they again proposed to sail for America. Accident kept Raleigh at home, but Gilbert sailed fr
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 10 (search)
es Rosier, a gentleman employed in the voyage. Reprinted in the same volume of the Massachusetts Historical Collections, pp. 135-156. The other two narratives are from Strachey's Historie of Travaile into Virginia (reprinted by the Hakluyt Society, 1849), pp. 171-173, 176-180. I.—Gosnold's fort at Cuttyhunk. [Gosnold was the first Englishman who attempted to found a colony in New England; and this account of his attempt is by his companion, John Brereton.] To the Honorable Sir Walter Raleigh, Knight. Honorable Sir,— Being earnestly requested by a dear friend to put down in writing some true relation of our late-performed voyage to the north parts of Virginia, The Massachusetts coast was still described as a part of Virginia. at length I resolved to satisfy his request. May it please your Lordship, therefore, to understand that upon the five and twentieth of March, 1602, being Friday, we went from Falmouth, being in all two and thirty persons, in a small bark