The Discovery of Guiana, and the Journal of the Second Voyage Thereto

The Discovery of Guiana, and the Journal of the Second Voyage Thereto

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The Discovery of Guiana, and the Journal of the Second Voyage Thereto

The Discovery of Guiana, and the Journal of the Second Voyage Thereto

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Sir Walter Raleigh or Rawleigh, was born in 1552, in the Manor House of Hayes Barton, about three miles from Budleigh Salterton, in Devonshire. He went at fourteen to Oxford, as a Commoner of Oriel; and before he was eighteen he had taken arms in France as a volunteer in the ranks of the Huguenots. Walter Raleigh, the elder, was married three times, and Walter Raleigh, the younger, was his son by the third wife. Her maiden name was Champernon, but when he married her, she was widow of Otto Gilbert, with three sons. One of them was Humphrey Gilbert, whose name is associated with that of his half-brother Walter Raleigh in the history of English adventures by sea.

From France, where he had fought in the battles of Jarnac and Monteontour, young Walter Raleigh returned to England, studied law for a short time in the Middle Temple, and wrote a poem of compliment prefixed, in 1576, to Gascoigne's "Steel Glass;" but in 1578 he fought under Sir John Norris in the Low Countries. Then he was off on adventure by sea with his half-brother Humphrey Gilbert; and in 1580 he was a captain with the English troops in Ireland, where he first met Edmund Spenser. Spenser had come to Ireland a few . . .

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