Historical Events in 1609

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  • Jan 31 Wisselbank of Amsterdam established
  • Mar 12 Bermuda becomes an English colony

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Mar 25 Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co

Explorer Henry Hudson
Explorer
Henry Hudson
  • Apr 5 Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.
  • Apr 9 Spain & Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact

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May 20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

  • May 23 Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
  • Jun 17 Netherlands, England & France sign 12 year Covenant
  • Jul 6 Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
  • Jul 9 Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
  • Jul 10 Catholic German monarchy forms Catholic League
  • Jul 20 Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion
  • Jul 28 Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda

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Jul 29 Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs at Ticonderoga, New York setting the stage for French-Iroquois conflicts for the next 150 years

French Explorer Samuel de Champlain
French Explorer
Samuel de Champlain

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Aug 8 Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope

Astronomer & Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer & Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • Aug 25 Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
  • Aug 28 English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay
  • Sep 1 Pieter Both sworn in as 1st governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • Sep 4 Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]
  • Sep 11 Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spain's Moriscos
  • Oct 12 Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" published in London
  • Dec 8 Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe.