In this short (7:26 min) BBC Bitesize video, a team of young explorers spend four days at sea learning about navigation tools recreating Sir Walter Raleigh's ocean journey.
In 1595, Elizabethan explorer Sir Walter Raleigh set sail for South America, hoping to discover El Dorado, the legendary city of gold. The epic voyage took nearly two months. Now the Serious Explorers, a team of children from the UK, are following in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh to find out about the challenges he faced, and the amazing landscapes he discovered. The children learn that four hundred years ago, navigating across the oceans took great skill using special tools like an astrolabe. For the Serious Explorers, using the latest satellite navigation tools makes navigation easier. Life on board a ship in Raleigh's day was hard and dangerous. The sailors spent many weeks at sea, lived in incredibly cramped conditions and risked dying from diseases such as scurvy. The Serious Explorers spent just four days at sea but spotting land is a welcome sight for them too.