Historical Events in 1598

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  • Jan 7th Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I
  • Jan 8th Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
  • Jan 12th Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso
  • Feb 17th Boris Godunov chosen as Tsar of Russia
  • Feb 21st Boris Godunov crowned tsar
  • Mar 20th French King Henri IV & duke van Mercour sign treaty
  • Mar 25th Cornelis de Houtman's fleet departs for East-Indies
  • Apr 13th Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots
  • Apr 30th 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)
  • May 1st Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java
  • May 2nd France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
  • May 6th Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become rulers of the Southern Netherlands

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Jun 30th King Philip II moves to Escorial palace

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • Jul 10th Spanish theater plays "Moros y Los Cristianos" in Rio Grande
  • Aug 4th London's head office of Hanze closed
  • Aug 21st -22] Deed of Transfers proclaims Netherlands independence
  • Sep 1st Spanish king Philip II receives sacraments
  • Sep 17th Netherland sailors discover Mauritius

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Sep 22nd Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel.

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • Oct 15th Spanish general strategist Bernardino de Mendoza occupies fort Rhine
  • Nov 8th Spanish troops under Bernardino de Mendoza conquer Doetinchem
  • Nov 25th Jacob Cornelius van Neck's merchant fleet reaches Bantam West-Java on second Dutch expedition to Indonesia
  • Dec 16th Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - The final battle of the Seven Year War is fought between the Korean and Japanese navies, resulting in a decisive Korean victory.
  • Dec 21st Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania".