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Tudor Explorers

Tudors wanted to explore the World because they wanted the excitement of traveling to new places where no British people had ever been and to become rich by bringing back expensive goods (like: spices, silk and precious metals).

Famous Tudor explorers included:
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    He led many expeditions to America and introduced tobacco and the potato into England in the late 1500s. He named the first English colony in America Virginia, after Queen Elizabeth I.
Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Sir Francis Drake
    He became the first Englishman to sail around the world (circumnavigate it), which he did between 1577 and 1580 in his ship The Golden Hind. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I for his courage and all the treasures he brought back, such as spices from the Indies and plundered Spanish silver and treasure.
Sir Francis Drake (post 1580)    The Golden Hinde - geograph.org.uk - 360990
  • John Cabot
    He was born in Italy but came to live in England during the reign of Henry VII. In 1497 he sailed west from Bristol, on his ship, the Matthew, hoping to find a shorter route to Asia. After a month however, he discovered an unknown land which he called it 'new found land' - today it is known as Newfoundland in Canada.
  • Sir John Hawkins
    He was a cousin of Sir Francis Drake. He became the first Englishman to trade in slaves in about 1562. He bought slaves in west Africa and sold them to the Spanish colonies in the West Indies, often raiding Spanish ships as he went.
John Hawkins