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Events

  • Antwerp merchants established the Dutch East India Company in 1602, embarking on colonial expansion based on shareholdership rather than royal control
  • The Dutch republic became the dominant economic and political power in Europe. It also underwent crashes, e.g. the windhandel in tulips led to many bankruptcies in 1637
  • Republic of the Seven United Netherlands gains formal independence from Spain in 1648. Dutch merchant ships sail all over the world, leading to a Golden Age in the country, which also shows by the many famous Dutch painters living in this age.
  • Major changes in philosophy and science take place, often characterised as the Scientific revolution.

Significant people

Inventions, Discoveries, Introductions

Decades and Years

1590s 1590 1591 1592 1593 1594 1595 1596 1597 1598 1599
1600s 1600 1601 1602 1603 1604 1605 1606 1607 1608 1609
1610s 1610 1611 1612 1613 1614 1615 1616 1617 1618 1619
1620s 1620 1621 1622 1623 1624 1625 1626 1627 1628 1629
1630s 1630 1631 1632 1633 1634 1635 1636 1637 1638 1639
1640s 1640 1641 1642 1643 1644 1645 1646 1647 1648 1649
1650s 1650 1651 1652 1653 1654 1655 1656 1657 1658 1659
1660s 1660 1661 1662 1663 1664 1665 1666 1667 1668 1669
1670s 1670 1671 1672 1673 1674 1675 1676 1677 1678 1679
1680s 1680 1681 1682 1683 1684 1685 1686 1687 1688 1689
1690s 1690 1691 1692 1693 1694 1695 1696 1697 1698 1699
1700s 1700 1701 1702 1703 1704 1705 1706 1707 1708 1709



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