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Events in History in 1652

  • Jan 24 Duke of Orleans joins Fronde rebels

Historic DiscoveryCape Colony Founded

Apr 6 Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by Dutch East India Company under Jan van Riebeeck

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Jan van Riebeeck arrives in Table Bay
Jan van Riebeeck arrives in Table Bay
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  • Apr 7 Dutch establish settlement at Cape Town, South Africa
  • May 4 Battle of Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
  • May 10 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia
  • May 13 Ingen Ryuki invited to become the abbot of Sofokuji temple in Nagasaki
  • May 18 Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal
  • May 19 Spanish troops occupy Grevelingen
  • May 29 Battle of Goodwin Sands, off Folkestone, Kent: English 'General at Sea' Robert Blake drives out Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp
  • Jun 10 In Boston, John Hull opens the 1st mint in America
  • Jun 27 New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America
  • Jul 4 Prince of Condé starts blood bath in Paris
  • Jul 6 Fire on Dutch Dam (Amsterdam's city hall burns)
  • Jul 10 England declares war on The Netherlands - beginning of the 1st Anglo-Dutch war
  • Jul 25 Nikita Minin becomes patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church
  • Aug 26 Battle of Plymouth: General-at-Sea George Ayscue of the Commonwealth of England attacked a convoy of the Dutch Republic commanded by Vice-Commodore Michiel de Ruyter. Dutch victory
  • Sep 7 Battle of Monte Christo: Dutch fleet under J van Galen beat English
  • Sep 16 Spanish troops occupy Dunkirk
  • Sep 28 English-Dutch sea battle at Kentish Knock
  • Oct 13 Prince of Condé flees Paris
  • Oct 21 King Louis XIV returns to Paris
  • Dec 10 Sea battle at Dungeness: lt-admiral Maarten Tromp beats English fleet