World History Timeline

Events

Osman establishes Ottoman Empire

Approx. 1300

Renaissance begins

1300

Mansa Musa makes a pilgrimage to Mecca

1324

Aztecs construct Tenochtitlan

1325

Hongwu founds Ming Dynasty

1368

Timur the Lame burns down Delhi

1398

Zheng He sets out on first voyage

1405

Prince Henry founds navigation school

1419

Medici family takes over Florence

1434

Ottomans conquer Constantinople

1453

Gutenberg invents the printing press

1455

Songhai Empire begins

1464

Columbus reaches America

1492

Spain and Portugal sign Treaty of Tordesillas

1494

Safavids conquer Persia

1501

Henry VIII becomes king of England

1509

First enslaved Africans arrive in Americas

1511

Reformation begins

1517

Cortes conquers Aztecs

1521

Magellan's crew circumnavigates the globe

1522

Babur establishes Mughal Empire

1526

Pizarro conquers Incan Empire

1533

King Henry VIII starts Church of England

1534

Ivan the Terrible assumes power in Russia

1547

Elizabeth I comes to power in England

1558

Council of Trent reforms Catholic Church

1563

Songhai Empire ends

1591

Renaissance ends

1600

Tokugawa regime begins in Japan

1603

British colonists arrive at Jamestown

1607

Quebec founded

1608

Qing Dynasty is established

1644

King Charles I of England is executed

1649

French and Indian War begins

1754

American colonies declare independence from Britain

1776

French Revolution starts

1789