Historical Events in 1586

  • Jan 15 Battle at Boxum: Spanish troops under Tassis beat state army
  • Feb 4 Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor-general of the States General of the United Provinces (Netherlands)
  • Mar 8 Johan van Oldenbarnevelt becomes Dutch chief legal advisor
  • Jun 19 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, North Carolina

Tobacco Introduced to England

Jul 27 Walter Raleigh brings the 1st tobacco to England from Virginia

  • Jul 28 Sir Thomas Harriot introduces potatoes to Europe on return to England
  • Sep 22 Battle at Zutphen: Dutch army, assisted by the English, against the Spanish

Event of Interest

Oct 14 Mary Queen of Scots goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth

  • Dec 3 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia
  • Dec 15 Laevinus Torrentius, becomes bishop of Antwerp
  • Dec 17 Go-Yōzei becomes 107th Emperor of Japan