Robert Dudley

(1574—1649) mariner and landowner

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(1574–1649), English explorer and mapmaker. Sir Robert Dudley, engineer, explorer, and mapmaker, was the illegitimate son of the Earl of Leicester and Douglas Lady Sheffield. He was born in 1574 in Shene, Richmond, England. The Earl of Leicester provided financial support, and the boy was educated by the tutor Thomas Challoner, who later became tutor to Prince Henry, eldest son of James I of England. In 1588, Dudley entered school at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was adept in mathematics and interested in every aspect of naval affairs. By the age of twenty-three Dudley was an accomplished commander, had explored Trinidad, the Orinoco River of South America, and been knighted for his actions in the military expedition against Cádiz.


From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: World History.

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