17th Century Major Events Essay

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1603 Queen Elizabeth I dies and James VI of Scotland becomes king of England This united the crowns of England and Scotland for the first time. They would later be officially united to create Great Britain.
1605 James survived an assassination attempt - The Gunpowder Plot
14th May, 1607 Settlement of Jamestown, Virginia. This was the first permanent English settlement in what is now the US.
1st Jan, 1610 Galileo discovers rings of Saturn. This was an important discovery in the world of astronomy. Using the newly invented telescope, Galileo paved the way for others to search the skies and discover more about the universe around us.
1st Jan, 1611 King James Version of the Bible is published. This was the first published English
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He came up with the method of inductive reasoning. Bacon also invented the experimental method, which is still taught and used in the scientific field today. 1st Jan, 1618 to 1st Jan, 1648 Thirty Years' War Mostly a religious conflict between Protestants and Catholics. It gradually involved most European powers, becoming one of the largest wars of the time. 29th Aug, 1619 to 6th Sep, 1683 Jean Baptiste Colbert Colbert was the financial advisor to Louis XIV. He was one of the most important people of the century because he improved the economy of France, established the Chamber of Commerce, and was the Father of Mercantilism. He made many improvements to France during his time in office. 29th Aug, 1632 to 28th Oct, 1704 John Locke- Locke was an English philosopher that came up with many of the ideas that were used in the US Constitution, including a representative government and putting a limit on the power of the government. He is also credited with the idea that every man has a right to life, liberty, and property. 1st Jan, 1642 to 1st Jan, 1651 English Civil War between Parliamentarians and Royalists. Fought over whether the Crown or Parliament should have the most power. Parliamentarians won, causing the execution of Charles I and the exile of his son, Charles II. This also led to Oliver Cromwell coming into power. This helped show that a parliamentary monarchy was really the best for England. 4th Jan, 1643
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