The Known World
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1605 Narrative of Don Quixote discovered by Cervantes.
1605 Guy Fawkes (1570-1606) attempts to blow up Parliament.
1607 Jamestown founded in Virginia.
1609 Henry Hudson (1570-1611) discovers New Amsterdam.
1610 Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1610) imprisoned in her castle for bathing in virgins’ blood
1620 Puritans land Mayflower on Plymouth Rock
1631 The Great Mogul begins building the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his late wife.
1632 Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) ordered to renounce his heretical views.
1637 The crash of the Tulip mania in Holland.
1639 Kingsport, Mass. founded.
1640 Cyrano de Bergerac (b. 1619-1655) woos Roxane via Christian de Neuvillette.
1641 Captain Falkenberg of the Flying Dutchman vows to round the Cape of Good Hope if it takes until Judgement Day.
1642 Beginning of English Civil War
1643 Innsmouth, Mass founded
1644 Matthew Hopkins becomes Witchfinder General (and is himself burned as a witch in 1647).
1649 King Charles executed
1653 Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) becomes Lord Protector
1652 Robinson Crusoe is marooned on an island off the coast of South America.
1657 Cyrano de Bergerac travels to the Moon.
1660 Restoration of the British monarchy
1666 Isaac Newton (1643-1727) hit by apple, discovers gravity.
1666 Great London Fire
1674 Even Old New York was once New Amsterdam. Governor General Peter Stuyvesant forced to step down.
1681 Death of the last dodo.
1682 Louis XIV (1638-1715) moves the court to Versailles
1683 Moll Flanders (born c. 1613) writes her memoirs.
1690 Founding of Miskatonic University
1691 Captain William Kidd (1654-1701) sets sail as a privateer.
1692 The Salem Witch Trials
1692 Dunwich, Mass founded.
1698 The Man in the Iron Mask imprisoned in Bastille.
1698 Stradivarius begins making his classic violins.
1698 Birth of Carmilla Karnstein, who later becomes a vampire. (She is destroyed before 1862.)
1699 Williamsburg becomes the capital of Virginia.
1699 Lemuel Gulliver (1660-1727+) shipwrecked on Lilliput, where he remains until 1701.