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1554 ca1569-16181618, Oct 29
an English landed gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England. In 1594, Raleigh heard of a "City of Gold" in South America and sailed to find it, publishing an exaggerated account of his experiences in a book that contributed to the legend of "El Dorado". In 1616, he led a second expedition in search of El Dorado. This was unsuccessful, and men under his command ransacked a Spanish outpost. He returned to England and, to appease the Spanish, was arrested and executed in 1618.
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03/25/1584-Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America 
07/27/1586-Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia 
07/19/1603-Sir Walter Raleigh arrested
03/20/1616-Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana 
10/29/1618-Sir Walter Raleigh executed
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Delia Bacon
...written by a group of men, including Francis Bacon, Sir Walter Raleigh and others.
Lording Barry
...name "Lodowicke Barry"), and in 1617 sailed with Sir Walter Raleigh on his ill-fated voyage to Guiana. Later in life...
George Clifford
...Elizabeth I. He helped to prepare an expedition with Walter Raleigh which led to the Battle of Flores in 1592 and the...
Sir Humphrey Gilbert
...Plantations of Ireland. He was a half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh (they had the same mother, Catherine Champernowne),...
Tomos Prys
...for many years, joining expeditions under both Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake. Many details survive about...
George Sewell
...Sewell's best-known literary work was his Tragedy of Sir Walter Raleigh, as it is acted at the Theatre in Lincoln's...
Elizabeth Shirland
...group of settlers to live on a colony founded by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1585. Elizabeth was known as a very beautiful...
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Sir Walter Raleigh1554 ca1569
 
16181618, Oct 29

Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesado1506/091535
 
15731579, Feb 16
 a Spanish explorer and conquistador in Colombia. He explored the northern part of South America. ...
Diogo Rodrigues1495 ca1507
 
15771577, Apr 21
 a Portuguese explorer of the Indian Ocean who sailed as an ordinary helmsman under the command of...
Thomas Doughty [1]15451577
 
 
15781578, Jul 2
 an English nobleman, soldier, scholar and personal secretary of Christopher Hatton. His associati...
Juan Perez de Zurita15161536
 
15791595 ca
 a Spanish Conquistador. In 1536 he began his military career. In 1548 he was in Granada and in 15...
Anthony Jenkinson15291550
 
15791610/1611
 one of the first Britons to explore Muscovy and present day Russia. Jenkinson was a traveller and...
Guillaume Le Testu1509 ca1560
 
15791573
 a French privateer, explorer and navigator. He was one of the foremost cartographers of his time ...
Yermak Timofeyevich1537 ca1582
 
 
15851585, Aug 5/6
 a Cossack who started the Russian exploration and conquest of Siberia, in the reign of Tsar Ivan ...
Martin Frobisher15351585
 
 
15851595
 an English seaman and privateer (licensed pirate) who made three voyages to the New World to look...
Paulo Dias de Novais1510 ca1575
 
 
15891589
 a Portuguese colonizer of Africa in the 16th century and the first Captain-Governor of Portuguese...
John White1540 ca1580
 
 
15891593
 an English artist and early pioneer of English efforts to settle North America. He was among thos...
Thomas Cavendish15601587
 
 
15921592
 an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliber...
Sir Francis Drake1540 ca1563
 
15961596, Jan 27/28
 an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Drak...
Willem Barentsz1550 ca1594
 
 
15971597, Jun 20
 a Dutch navigator, cartographer, and Arctic explorer. He went on three expeditions to the far nor...
Sir Robert Dudley [2]1574, Aug 71594
 
 
16031649, Sep 6
 an English explorer and cartographer. In 1594, he led an expedition to the West Indies, of which ...
Luis Vaez de Torres1565 ca1606
 
 
1607unknown
  a 16th- and 17th-century maritime explorer of a Spanish expedition noted for the first recorded ...
Pedro Fernandes de Queiros15651590
 
 
16091614
 a Portuguese navigator best known for his involvement with Spanish voyages of discovery in the Pa...
Anthony Shirley15651590
 
 
16091637
 an English traveller, whose imprisonment in 1603 by King James I caused the English House of Comm...
Matteo Ricci1552, Oct 61577
 
 
16101610, May 11
 an Italian Jesuit priest and one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China missions. His 1602 m...
Henry Hudson1567 ca1607
 
 
16111611
 an English sea explorer and navigator in the early 17th century. Hudson made two attempts on beha...
Tanaka Shosukeunknown1610
 
 
1614unknown
 an important Japanese technician and trader in metals from Kyoto during the beginning of the 17th...
Jacob Le Maire1585 ca1615
 
 
16161616, Dec 22
 a Dutch mariner who circumnavigated the earth in 1615 and 1616. Eendracht rounded Cape Horn, pro...
Sebastián Vizcaíno15481580
 
16191624
 a Spanish soldier, entrepreneur, explorer, and diplomat whose varied roles took him to New Spain,...
Pedro Paez15641589
 
16221622, May 25
 a Spanish Jesuit missionary in Ethiopia. Páez is considered by many experts on Ethiopia to be th...
William Baffinunknown1612
 
16221622, Jan 23
 an English navigator and explorer. In 1615, Baffin entered the service of the Company for the dis...
Willem Schouten1567 ca1615
 
16251625
 a Dutch navigator for the Dutch East India Company. He was the first to sail the Cape Horn route ...
Adriaen Block1567 ca1590
 
16271627, Aug
 a Dutch private trader and navigator who is best known for exploring the coastal and river valley...
Juan de Onate15501595
 
16291626/1630
 a Novohispanic Conquistador, explorer, and colonial governor of the Santa Fe de Nuevo México pro...
Willem Janszoon1570 ca1598
 
16291630
 a Dutch navigator and colonial governor. Janszoon served in the Netherlands East Indies in the pe...
Nicolas de Cardonaunknown1610
 
1629unknown
 a Spanish entrepreneur and adventurer with residence in Seville, who was involved in the explorat...
Etienne Brule1592 ca1610
 
16331633, Jun ca
 the first European explorer to journey beyond the St. Lawrence River in what is today Canada. Tak...
Antonio de Andrade15801600
 
16341634, Mar 19
 a Jesuit priest and explorer from Portugal. Engaged in missionary activity in India, was the firs...
Tomas de Cardonaunknown1611
 
1639unknown
 a rich explorer, trader, and teacher of Spanish royal palace from the 17th century, who invested ...
Jean Nicolet1598 ca1610
 
16421642, Nov 1
 a French coureur des bois noted for exploring Green Bay of Lake Michigan, in what is now the U.S....
Hendrik Brouwer15811606
 
16431643, Aug 7
 a Dutch explorer, admiral, and colonial administrator both in Japan and the Dutch East Indies. He...
Myles Standish1584 ca1603
 
16561656, Oct 3
 an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military adviser for Plymouth Colony. He acc...
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