Historical Events in 1621

  • Jan 13 Jan Pieterszoon Coen's fleet sets sail to Moluccas (from Jacarta)
  • Feb 9 Alexander Ludovisi is elected Pope Gregory XV (-1623)

Election of Interest

Feb 17 Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony

  • Mar 4 Jacarta, Java, renamed Batavia
  • Mar 7 John Pieterszoon Coen's troops land on Lontor, East Indies
  • Mar 16 Native American chief visits colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • Mar 22 Dutch jurist Hugo de Groot (Hugo Grotius) escapes in book chest from Loevestein Castle in the Netherlands
  • Apr 5 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
  • Apr 9 Spain & Netherlands 12 Year Resistant Pact ends
  • Apr 15 Hugo Grotius arrives in France after escaping prison in a book chest
  • May 24 The Protestant Union is formally dissolved
  • May 31 Sir Francis Bacon imprisoned in the Tower of London for 1 night
  • Jun 3 Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)
  • Jun 25 French government army occupies Fort St Jean d'Angély at La Rochelle
  • Jul 6 Dutch governor general John Pieterszoon Coen takes Banda islands, 15,000 die
  • Sep 15 Swedish troops occupy Riga

Historic Event

Sep 21 King James I of England gives Sir William Alexander a royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia

Victory in Battle

Sep 28 Battle at Chocim Dniester: King Sigismund III Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth defeats an invading Ottoman Imperial army

  • Oct 9 Turkey & Poland signs Peace of Chotin
  • Oct 25 Governor Bradford head of the colony of American Plymouth disallows sport on Christmas Day
  • Nov 19 Rabbi Isaiah ben Abraham aha-Levi Horowitz arrives in Israel
  • Nov 22 English Poet and preacher John Donne is made Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London aged 49

Historic Event

Dec 13 Emperor Ferdinand II delegates 1st anti-Reformation decree

  • Dec 18 English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation

Historic Event

Dec 25 Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas