Walter Raleigh (1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer.He financed and later led expeditions to the Americas and is given credit for being the first to introduce both tobacco and potatoes to Britain, although this is probably incorrect.

Walter Raleigh (1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer.He financed and later led expeditions to the Americas and is given credit for being the first to introduce both tobacco and potatoes to Britain, although this is probably incorrect.

Sir Walter Raleigh's house at Blackwall, London. Photo c. 1890, National Maritime Museum, ID: H0657.

Sir Walter Raleigh's house at Blackwall, London. Photo c. 1890, National Maritime Museum, ID: H0657.

Sir Walter Raleigh, one of Elizabeth's favorites. A fascinating man, to say the least.

Sir Walter Raleigh, one of Elizabeth's favorites. A fascinating man, to say the least.

Egypt: the Nile delta and the history of the Pharaohs, from the notes of Sir Walter Raleigh, made during his imprisonment in the Tower of London, ca. 1603 - 1616

Egypt: the Nile delta and the history of the Pharaohs, from the notes of Sir Walter Raleigh, made during his imprisonment in the Tower of London, ca. 1603 - 1616

From the history of pants 16-17 century. Pants like skirt .. - Interesting and forgotten - life and curiosities of past eras.

From the history of pants 16-17 century. Pants like skirt .. - Interesting and forgotten - life and curiosities of past eras.

Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake Queen Elizabeth 1's privateers, or pirates, dependent on your point of view

Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake Queen Elizabeth 1's privateers, or pirates, dependent on your point of view

Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh 1598 attributed to William Segar.

Is this Walter Raleigh’s 'lost colony' drawn in invisible ink? Clue to 400-year-old mystery discovered in map of North America

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