Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado

Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado

by Marc Aronson


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In this extraordinarily well researched and insightful biography, Marc Aronson explores the amazing accomplishments and dismal failures of one of the most flamboyant figures of the Elizabethan age. Best remembered for laying his coat in a muddy puddle so that Queen Elizabeth I could walk across it, Sir Walter Ralegh committed himself to pleasing his monarch and obtaining power in her court. He heroically risked his life in battle time and again, chasing after glory to win her favor. His notoriously ill-fated quest for the mythological golden city of El Dorado was perhaps his grandest attempt, but it also was his undoing, and Ralegh ultimately paid for his mistakes with his life. Despite his shortcomings, he was not only charismatic and brave, he was brilliant as well, and his contributions to the New World and to western culture as a whole were vast and enduring. MAPS, ENDNOTES and BIBLIOGRAPHY, TIMELINE, INDEX.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395848272
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Marc Aronson is the award-winning author of a wide variety of nonfiction works for younger readers, including Sugar Changed the World and Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado, which received the first Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award. He edits and publishes young adult fiction in a special arrangement with Candlewick and lives with his wife and two sons in Maplewood, New Jersey. Visit him at

Table of Contents

Note to Readersxi
Map of Voyages to the New Worldxii
Cast of Charactersxv
Prologue: Between Paradise and the Serpent's Mouth1
The Golden Man3
What Was El Dorado?6
1From Devon to the Wars13
How England Became England15
Family and Faith20
The Most Grievous Calamity21
2The Queen's Problem27
The Queen's Progress29
Gallant Captain45
4Fortune's Favor47
The Lost Colony53
5Near to Heaven by Sea55
6A Land of Plenty61
The First Colony: Ireland in America69
An Ingenious People73
7Dreams and Mirages77
An El Dorado in Ireland79
Captains and Maids82
8The New Hope and the Terrible Year87
The Armada90
9The Agony of John White102
El Dorado111
10The Lie113
All the World's a Stage118
The Mother of Prizes120
Beyond the Horizon122
11The Discovery of the Golden Kingdom125
12My Lord of Essex143
13Mischievous Matchivel151
14The Play of Treason161
Prologue: The Royal Hunt161
Act IJames's Double Game164
Act IIRalegh Takes Center Stage167
Act IIIPlays Within Plays172
15The Story of Our Days176
Proving a Myth182
Sharp Medicine183
Endnotes and Bibliography187
Time Line206

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Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest for El Dorado 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LaineyBelle More than 1 year ago
In this well written and very well research informational book Aronson explores the history and genius of Sir Walter Relegh. Aronson takes the reader fluidly from being a favorite of Queen Elizabeth to his contributions to western civilization, and his famed quest for the mythical golden city of El Dorado. The passion and enthusiasm from which this story is written make it a fun and interesting read i highly recommend this book to fellow readers and lovers of history.