Events in History in 1685

King James II

Feb 6 Duke of York becomes King James II of England and VII of Scotland upon the death of his brother Charles II

  • Feb 18 Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.
  • Jun 11 James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, rebels against Catholic king James II
  • Jul 6 Battle at Sedgemoor: King James II defeats the Duke of Monmouth

Event of Interest

Oct 18 French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants

  • Dec 3 Charles II bars Jews from settling in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dec 30 Don Francisco de Agurto installed as land guardian of Southern Netherlands