Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oct 29: And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get ... no, no, no. (Lennon)

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Raleigh on the scaffold1618 London, England: In the Old Palace Yard of Westminster, just by the Tower of London where he had been held, English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh was executed by beheading. His crime: an alleged conspiracy against James I of England.

In 1595, Raleigh had sailed up the Orinoco River, and, in 1617, he was released from prison in England in order to explore the Guianas, all in search of El Dorado, the legendary South American 'Golden Man', who was supposed to rule a civilization fabulously wealthy in gold. Unfortunately, his failure to set up Guiana for English exploitation did his cause no good at home, and he paid with his life ...


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