Historical Events in 1616

  • Jan 12 Brazilian city Belem (the entrance gate to the Amazon) founded by Captain Major Francisco Branco
  • Jan 24 Dutch mariner Jacob Le Maire discovers Le Maire Strait, Tierra del Fuego

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Feb 26 Roman Inquisition delivers injunction to Galileo demanding he abandon his belief in heliocentrism, which states the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun

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Mar 5 Astronomical work 'de Revolutionibus' by Nicolaus Copernicus placed on Catholic Forbidden index

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Mar 20 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana

  • Apr 23 Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England

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Apr 30 King James I of England leaves Brielle

  • May 3 Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war
  • Sep 15 First non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy

Dirk Hartog Discovers Australia

Oct 25 Dutch East India Company ship "The Eendracht" discovers Dirk-Hartog Island, Australia

  • Nov 20 Bishop Richelieu becomes French minister of Foreign affairs/War