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.

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

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.

Lost London - Sir Walter Raleighs house Blackwall http://www.memorymakertravelresource.com

Lost London - Sir Walter Raleighs house Blackwall http://www.memorymakertravelresource.com

Although suicide has always been considered to be the most personal of acts, it has a complex social and cultural history in the Western world – one that has been

Although suicide has always been considered to be the most personal of acts, it has a complex social and cultural history in the Western world – one that has been

Sir Walter Raleigh's well-appointed cell in the Tower of London. Photo © The Tudor Tutor

Sir Walter Raleigh's well-appointed cell in the Tower of London. Photo © The Tudor Tutor

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