Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn November 17, 1558, Elizabeth I became queen of England. Elizabeth would remain queen for 44 years, one of the most powerful monarchs in European history.The reign of Elizabeth I is known as the “Elizabethan Era.” Many historians regard this time as a “golden age” in British history, when the arts, political thought, and military strength flourished. The artist most associated with the Elizabethan Era is the playwright William Shakespeare. Elizabeth and her advisers created a political climate that allowed England to enjoy a long period of relative peace and prosperity. The military strength of the Elizabethan state is remembered by the maritime defeat of the mighty Spanish Armada.The Elizabethan Era is also marked by a period of exploration and expansion of the British Empire. Under Elizabeth I’s reign, British explorer Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe, British explorer Martin Frobisher’s search for the Northwest Passage led him to explore the Canadian Arctic, and British explorer Sir Walter Raleigh searched for the “Lost City of Gold” in South America. It was also during the Elizabethan Era that the British Empire established its first colony in what would become the United States, the ill-fated Roanoke Colony. In fact, the U.S. state of Virginia is named after Elizabeth—the Virgin Queen.
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region at Earth's extreme north, encompassed by the Arctic Circle.
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to go completely around something (usually the Earth).
people and land separated by distance or culture from the government that controls them.
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having to do with the ocean.
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waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
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