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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Discovery of Guiana Author: Sir Walter Raleigh Release Date: March 25, 2006 [EBook #2272] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE DISCOVERY OF GUIANA *** Produced by Dagny; and John Bickers THE DISCOVERY OF GUIANA By Sir Walter Raleigh INTRODUCTORY NOTE Sir Walter Raleigh may be taken as the great typical figure of the age of Elizabeth.
Courtier and statesman, soldier and sailor, scientist and man of letters, he engaged in almost all the main lines of public activity in his time, and was distinguished in them all. His father was a Devonshire gentleman of property, connected with many of the distinguished families of the south of England.
Walter was born about 1552 and was educated at Oxford.
He first saw military service in the Huguenot army in France in 1569, and in 1578 engaged, with his half-brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, in the first of his expeditions against the Spaniards.
After some service in Ireland, he attracted the attention of the Queen, and rapidly rose to the perilous position of her chief favorite.
With her approval, he fitted out two expeditions for the colonization of Virginia, neither of which did his royal mistress permit him to lead in person, and neither of which succeeded in establishing a permanent settlement. After about six years of high favor, Raleigh found his position at court endangered by the rivalry of Essex, and in 1592, on returning from convoying a squadron he had fitted out against the Spanish, he was thrown into the Tower by the orders of the Queen, who had discovered an intrigue between him and one of her ladies w...

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