Sir Walter Raleigh ordering the Standard of Queen Elizabeth to be erected on the Coast of Virginia.
Engraving, sheet 295 x 200mm. 11½ x 8". Lacking upper margin; the top edge rather creased.
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552? - 1618), famed naval commander, explorer and author, raising the royal standard on North American soil. The scene is et into a decorative frame. Raleigh's plan in 1584 for colonisation in the "Colony and Dominion of Virginia" (which included the present-day states of North Carolina and Virginia) ended in failure at Roanoke Island, but paved the way for subsequent colonies. In 1587, Raleigh attempted a second expedition, again establishing a settlement on Roanoke Island under the governance of John White. The settlement is now remembered as the "Lost Colony of Roanoke Island". For Charles Theodore Middleton's 'A new and complete system of Geography ... Embellished ... with ... copper plates, etc.'
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