Author: House of Commons


Sir Walter Raleigh’s Patent to Settle Virginia (1584)

Dated December 14, 1584, this bill confirms Walter Raleigh‘s right to settle in those parts of North America not already claimed by a Christian power. The bill, which passed the English House of Commons but not the House of Lords, was not necessary—Queen Elizabeth had already granted Raleigh these powers—but Raleigh likely used the occasion to gain support and funds for his new expedition to Roanoke Island. Some spelling has been modernized.