Early Modern Era

Events

Europe

Gutenbergs Printing Press Intro

1439

Portuguese Round Cape of Good Hope

1488

Spanish Inquisition Begins

1492

Christopher Columbus's Journey to the Americas

1492

Vasco de Gama's First Voyage to India

1497

Luther's 95 Theses

1517

Magellan Circumnavigates The Globe

1519 - 1521

Catholic Reformation

1545 - 1648

Religious Wars in France, Germany, and Britain

1550 - 1649

Commercial Revolution

1600

Thirty Years War

1618 - 1648

Reign of King Louis XIV, France

1643 - 1715

Scientific Revolution

1700

Enlightenment

1800

Russia

Much of Russia Freed from Tatars by Ivan the Great

1462

Life of Ivan the Terrible

1533 - 1584

Time of Troubles

1604 - 1613

Romanov Dynasty

1613 - 1699

Reign of Peter the Great

1689 - 1725

Reign of Catherine the Great

1762 - 1796

Pugachev Revolt

1773 - 1775

Latin America

Treaty of Tordesillas

1494

First Spanish Colonies on Mainland

1509

Hernán Cortés Conquers the Aztecs

1520

Fransisco Pizarro Conquers the Aztecs

1533

Africa

Portugal Establishes Fort along Gold Coast

1481

English Slave Trade Begins

1562

Rise of Asante and Dahomey Kingdoms

1600 - 1699

Dutch Establish Colony at Cape of Good Hope

1652

Muslim Gunpowder Empires

Ottoman Capture of Constantinople

1453

Ottoman Victory over Safavids at Chaldiron

1514

Rule of Suleyman the Magnificent

1520 - 1566

Babur Conquers India at Battle of Panipat

1526

First Ottoman Siege of Vienna

1529

Reign of Akbar

1556 - 1605

Ottoman Fleet Defeated in Battle of Lepanto

1571

Reign of Abbas I in Persia

1588 - 1629

Construction of Taj Mahal Begins

1632

Fall of the Safavid Dynasty

1722

Mughal Capital Sacked

1739

East and Southeast Asia

Ming Dynasty

1450

Portuguese Conquer Malacca

1511

Jesuits Arrive in China

1580

Dutch and British take over Portuguese parts of Asia

1600 - 1699

Tokugawa Shogunate Established

1603

Christianity Banned in Japan

1614

Japan Moves into Self-Imposed Isolation

1640

Dutch begin Conquests of Java

1641

Manchu Qing Dynasty Rules

1644 - 1750