|A map of Ralegh's colony in Virginia, founded in 1585. British Library. Image from Lara E. Eakins.|
On this day in Elizabethan history in 1584, Sir Walter Ralegh (modern spelling 'Raleigh') was granted a patent by Queen Elizabeth I to colonize land in the New World. This settlement would become known as Virginia, in honor of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.
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