What do we know about how and why England came to establish its first permanent colony at Jamestown? And what do we know about the English colony that came before it, the Colony of Roanoke?
Alan Gallay, Lyndon B. Johnson chair of United States History at Texas Christian University and author of Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire, leads us on exploration of the life and work of Sir Walter Ralegh, the man who crafted the blueprint for England’s colonization plans in the Americas.
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Alan Gallay, Lyndon B. Johnson chair of United States History at Texas Christian University and author of Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire, joins us to explore the life and work of Sir Walter Ralegh, the man who created the blueprint for England’s colonization plans in the Americas.
During our exploration of Walter Ralegh’s life, Alan reveals who Walter Ralegh was and details about his life as an alchemist, soldier, and colonizer; Information about how Ralegh became acquainted with Queen Elizabeth I; And, Ralegh’s efforts to colonize Virginia.
What You’ll Discover
- Sir Walter Ralegh
- Why Ralegh interests Alan
- Walter Ralegh’s childhood and family
- Alchemy and colonization
- Atlantic explorations for trade routes and science
- How Walter Ralegh and Queen Elizabeth I became acquainted
- Ralegh’s interest in colonizing North America
- Ralegh’s 10 years of planning to colonize the Americas for the English
- Native Americans in London and how they informed English colonization plans
- Astronomer Thomas Harriot’s assistance in English colonization plans
- Harriot’s work on Virginia and Native American History
- The Roanoke Colony
- What happened to the settlers of the Lost Roanoke Colony
- England’s colonization of Ireland and Ralegh’s involvement
- Ralegh’s imprisonment in the Tower of London
- Ralegh’s treason and execution
- What Walter Ralegh’s life can tell us about the European project to colonize the Americas
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Alan Gallay
- Alan’s TCU webpage
- Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire
- The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the english Empire in the American South, 1670-1717
Production of this episode was made possible by a grant from the Roller-Bottimore Foundation of Richmond, Virginia.
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Time Warp Question
In your opinion, what might have happened if Walter Ralegh had not married Elizabeth “Bess” Throckmorton? If Ralegh had not married one of Queen Elizabeth’s ladies-in-waiting and thereby greatly upset Queen Elizabeth I, how might things have turned out differently for Walter Ralegh?
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