Raleigh, English nobleman and explorer
Bold and bold, Raleigh. an aspiring nobleman, he was not content with piracy and tried to reach the mythical -El Dorado- at too expensive a price
Famous Pirates and Corsairs: Walter Raleigh
Curiously, the most popular and enduring achievement was that I introduced tobacco to England.
A corsair from a noble family
Famous corsair and writer from an English noble family
Most of the most famous English pirates were privateers in the service of the King or Queen. It was a prestigious profession and famous people aspired to it. Of noble birth, he studied at Oxford. He was also a skilled writer and poet.
A nobleman with a military tradition
Adventurer, writer and poet, hardened in many voyages and wars
Warrior but cultured
Hardened in arms from going from war to war
He begins by fighting France in support of the Huguenots. Later he supports the Prince of Orange in Holland against the Spanish.
Starts operating in North America
First colony in Virginia
Supported his stepbrother Humphrey Gilbert in Roanoke
Capture a group of Indians off the North American shores. With the information supplied by these Indians brought to London, he prepares the creation of the first English colony in North America. He performs it on Roanoke Island, present-day North Carolina.
Introduce Tobacco in England
Monkfish are all the rage among courtiers
The habit of smoking is spreading rapidly in England after the arrival of Tobacco.
Courtiers are fond of monkfish, a tobacco powder, which soon became an act of prestige and power.
Queen’s Favorite at Court
Elizabeth I of England
Her stay at court does not go unnoticed by her culture and presence.
And she soon received the attention of Queen Elizabeth I. His popularity helped her. These attentions from the Queen of England made him even more famous at court.
His plans in Spanish America
In the year 1584 he explored North America
Find no loot
Although the economic results were poor, he gained experience and recognized the North American short.
Read the Spanish chroniclers
Find information about the new American lands
He soon knows everything written about America at that time. For this he reads the Spanish chroniclers who explain the news and the life of America.
One of the writers was López de Gomara chronicler and religious (1478-1557). Author of works such as: General History of the Indies, History of the conquest of Mexico.
Fernández de Oviedo was also known writer and soldier (1511-1566). Author of General History of the Indies.
Assault Spanish territories in América
Assault Trinidad, Rio Hacha and Santa Marta
Kidnap the Governor of Trinidad
He assaults Trinidad and sacks the city. Governor Berrío is kidnapped. These gains encourage him to continue attacking Spanish possessions in America.
He gets information about El Dorado and is fascinated. He returns to England after looting Santa Marta and Río Hacha, ready to return in search of the treasures in the Orinoco.
Expedition in 1617 in search of El Dorado
Send his son Watt Raleigh to find him
Installed on the island of Trinidad, he sends an expedition to the Orinoco in search of El Dorado. However, he fails and his son dies, who entered the jungle and had to fight against the Spaniards who were defending their territories in the area.