A brief biography of Sir Walter Raleigh and a history of the founding of Virginia are combined effectively in this installment from the "In the Footsteps of Explorers" series. Ward opens with a description of how Sir Walter Raleigh behaved in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, then explains the exploration of the New World. After explaining the papal bull that divided the globe between Spain and Portugal, and how England wanted a piece of the pie, as well, Ward then details Elizabethan England, Raleigh's early life, and the founding of the Virginia colony, including the mysterious disappearance of the colonists on Roanoke Island. She then explains Raleigh's fall from grace, beginning with the failed search for El Dorado and ending with his imprisonment and execution by King James I. Ward also includes what happened to Virginia Colony after Raleigh's death and the myths that surround the man. The illustrations consist primarily of reproductions of artwork from the time, interspersed with photographs and modern illustrations. This work is an easy to follow reference for any child seeking information on Virginia history, Sir Walter Raleigh, or Elizabethan England.