On This Day

What Happened in 1615

Historical Events

  • Jan 30 Japanese Keichō embassy, the first to travel to Europe, headed by Hasekura Tsunenaga meets with Spanish King Philip III in Madrid
  • Feb 14 Peruvian nobleman Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala writes to offer Spanish King Philip III his newly completed Chronicle of Andean history and Spanish rule - now only indigenous Andean viewpoint to survive (Danish National Library) [1]
  • Jun 2 First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France
  • Jun 4 Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan
  • Jun 14 Jacques Le Maire sails to Zuidland/Terra Australis

World Leaders in 1615

Famous People Who Died in 1615

  • Jan 31 Claudio Aquaviva, Italian Jesuit priest (5th Superior General of the Society of Jesus), dies at 71
  • Feb 4 Dom Justo Takayama, Japanese warlord (b. 1552)
  • Feb 4 Giovanni Battista della Porta, Italian scholar, polymath and child prodogy (b. 1535)
  • Mar 4 Hans von Aachen, German painter, dies
  • Mar 6 Pieter Both, Dutch admiral/1st gov-gen (East Indies, 1609-14), drowns

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