Historical Events in May 1652

  • May 4 Battle at Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
  • May 10 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va
  • May 13 Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki
  • May 18 Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal
  • May 19 Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen
  • May 29 Battle of Goodwin Sands, off Folkestone, Kent: English 'General at Sea' Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp