What Happened in May 1678

Historical Events

  • May 3 French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
  • May 11 French admiral Jean d'Estrees' naval fleet runs aground on Aves-islands, Curacao, ends French control and ushers in an age of Piracy in the Caribbean

Famous Deaths

  • May 5 Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet, spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • May 6 Joseph Chabanceau de La Barre, French composer, dies at 44