Events in History in 1598

  • Jan 7 Boris Godunov seizes Russian throne on death of Feodor I
  • Jan 8 Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
  • Jan 12 Pope Clement VIII seizes duchy of Ferrara on death of Alfonso
  • Feb 17 Boris Godunov chosen as Tsar of Russia
  • Feb 21 Boris Godunov crowned Tsar of Russia

Union of Brittany and France

Mar 20 Governor of Brittany, Philippe Emmanuel the Duke of Mercœur submits to French King Henry IV at Angers

Event of Interest

Mar 25 Cornelis de Houtman's fleet departs Amsterdam for the East-Indies (Indonesia) on his second voyage

  • Apr 13 Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots
  • May 1 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java, modern day Indonesia
  • May 2 France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
  • May 6 Archduke Albrecht & Isabella become rulers of the Southern Netherlands
  • Jun 15 Battle of San Juan: British forces led by Sir George Clifford attack Spanish-held San Juan, capturing the citadel El Moro and holding for 65 days [1]

Event of Interest

Jun 30 King Philip II of Spain moves to El Escorial royal palace (dies there three months later)

  • Jul 10 Spanish theater plays "Moros y Los Cristianos" in Rio Grande
  • Aug 4 London's head office of Hanze closed
  • Aug 21 -22] Deed of Transfers proclaims Netherlands independence
  • Sep 1 Spanish King Philip II receives sacraments
  • Sep 17 Dutch sailors discover island of Mauritius

Event of Interest

Sep 22 Playwright and poet Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter as the result of a duel

  • Oct 15 Spanish general strategist Bernardino de Mendoza occupies fort Rhine
  • Nov 8 Spanish troops under Bernardino de Mendoza conquer Doetinchem
  • Nov 25 Jacob Cornelius van Neck's merchant fleet reaches Bantam, West-Java on second Dutch expedition to Indonesia
  • Dec 16 Seven Year War: Battle of Noryang Point - in the final battle of the war Korean navy decisively defeats the Japanese
  • Dec 21 Battle of Curalaba: the Mapuche people led by Pelentaru revolt and inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile