New WH Timeline


Ottoman Empire

1300 - 1922

The Ottoman Empire was a long-standing empire lasting from 1300 to 1917. It culturally defined much of the Middle East and played a big part in WWI.


1300 - 1600

The Renaissance was a period of significant advancement in science and the arts in Europe.

Chinese Ming Dynasty

1368 - 1644

The Ming Dynasty helped China reach its place as an international superpower.

Timur the Lame destroys Delhi


Timur the Lame burns Delhi to the ground. This halted the expansion of the Ottoman Empire.

Medici family controls Florence


The Medici family takes control of Florence, Italy. This was a defining event of the European Renaissance.

Gutenberg invents printing press


Gutenberg's printing press revolutionized the printing of books and helped spread ideas much faster.

Columbus reaches America


Christopher Columbus reaches the Bahamas. This brought North America into the eyes of Europe, who were looking to get more resources.

Treaty of Tordesillas signed


Portugal and Spain sign the Treaty of Tordesillas, which split North American settlement between the two nations. The influence this has on the history of the Americas can be seen to this day.

Vasco da Gama reaches India


Vasco da Gama finally establishes a water trade route between Asia and Europe. This strengthens trade and further increases the spread of ideas.

Slaves first arrive in America


Slavery had a colossal impact on North and South American history.

Protestant Reformation

1517 - 1600

The Protestant Reformation showed that the Church was not all-powerful and would change its rules to stay in power. It also gave way to less religion-oriented scientific thought.

Martin Luther declared a heretic


Martin Luther was a declared a heretic by the Pope. This was a defining event of the Reformation.

Magellan's crew circles the world


Magellan's crew circumnavigates the world, proving that the world is a sphere.

Indian Mughal Empire

1526 - 1857

The Mughal Empire was an empire ruling modern-day India, known for its progressive policies. It greatly influenced the culture in the region.

Act of Supremacy


Henry VIII proclaimed himself to be above the Church, a shocking claim at the time.

Ivan the Terrible

1547 - 1584

Ivan the terrible turned Russia into a world power, but this cost Russia most of its culture.

Scientific Revolution

1550 - 1700

The Scientific Revolution was a time of great scientific advancement during and after the Renaissance.

Elizabethan Age

1558 - 1603

The Elizabethan age is the name given to the time England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth I. It brought about economic stability.

Galileo Galilei

1564 - 1642

Galileo Galilei helped craft modern astronomy with his discoveries of several moons and astrophysical theories.


1587 - 1590

Roanoke was the first English attempt to settle the new world. It failed, as the residents disappeared without a trace shortly after its settlement.

Japanese Tokugawa Shogunate

1603 - 1867

Jamestown settled


Thirty Years' War

1618 - 1648

This was a war between many European superpowers. It significantly reduced the influence of the Catholic Church.

English Civil War

1642 - 1649

The English civil war was a fight between the government and royalists and the rebels pushing for a new government. The rebels win and execute Charles I.

Isaac Newton

1643 - 1727

Isaac Newton's theories in physics, most notably his three laws, revolutionized the study of physics and is still the framework for modern physics.

Chinese Qing Dynasty

1644 - 1912

The Qing Dynasty was the last dynasty in China. Despite the violent upbringing of the dynasty, the rulers are very respectful of the Chinese way of life and do not interfere with it.

The Restoration

1660 - 1688

The Restoration was a time when monarchies throughout Great Britain were reinstated.

Peter the Great

1682 - 1721

Peter the Great brought about a scientific and cultural revolution in Russia, modernizing it.

Industrial Revolution

1760 - 1840

The industrial revolution was a time of modernization, invention and economic prosperity for Europe. However, it also lowered the working conditions of millions.

American Revolution

1765 - 1783

The American Revolution was an independence war fought between Britain and the United States. The US won, creating their own independent nation.

French Revolution

1789 - 1799

The French Revolution was fought between the French government and the French peasants. The peasants won and eliminated the French monarchy.