Events in History 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)

Plymouth Colony

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

Hugo Grotius Escapes

Mar 22 Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius escapes in a book chest from Loevestein Castle in the Netherlands

Mayflower Returns to England

Apr 5 Mayflower sails from Plymouth, Massachusetts 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

Francis Bacon Charged with Bribery

Apr 17 Lord Chancellor of England Francis Bacon is charged with 23 counts of bribery and corruption by a parliamentary committee on the administration of the law

  • May 3 After confessing to corruption, Lord Chancellor of England Francis Bacon is sentenced to imprisonment in the Tower of London, a large £40,000 fine and banishment from court, Parliament and public office
  • May 24 The Protestant Union is formally dissolved
  • May 31 Former Lord Chancellor of England Francis Bacon is imprisoned for corruption in the Tower of London for 1 or 2 nights until released by King James I
  • 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

Event of Interest

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
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • Dec 18 English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation

Event of Interest

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