History Timeline by: Lobsang Dawa


King John of England signs the Magna Carta


King John signs the Magna Carta to make peace between the rebel Barons and himself

Mali Empire

1230 - 1600

Under Mansa Musa, Timbuktu became an international center of religious study, full of libraries and mosques and featuring one of the world's first universities.


1300 - 1600

A period of intense artistic and intellectual activity, said to be a "rebirth" of Greco-Roman culture. Usually divided into an Italian Renaissance, from roughly the mid-fourteenth to mid-fifteenth century, and a Northern (trans-Alpine)

Mansa Musa Pilgrimage to Mecca


Mansa Musa was a devoted Muslim so he went to Mecca

Songhai Empire

1464 - 1591

Songhai is a trading state empire of West Africa centered on the middle reaches of the Niger River in what is now central Mali and eventually extending west to the Atlantic coast and east into Niger and Nigeria.

Civil Wars in Japan


Warfare among different daimyo was common, and in the late 1500s it culminated in a prolonged civil war. The warlord to emerge from the war was Hideyoshi

Columbus Discovered America while looking for the Indies


Christopher Columbus was a genoese mariner who in the service of Spain led expeditions across the Atlantic, reestablishing contact between the peoples of the Americas and the Old World and opening the way to Spanish conquest and colonization

Treaty of Tordesillas between Spain and Portugal


Treaty of Tordesillas, negotiated by the pope in 1494, drew an imaginary line between the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. The treaty allocated lands east of the line in Africa and southern Asia to Portugal; lands to the west in the Americas were reserved for Spain.

Transatlantic Slave Trade

1502 - 1808

The network of trading links after 1500 that moved goods, wealth, people, and cultures around the Atlantic Basin

Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis on the church door


Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis on the church door

Mughal Empire

1526 - 1857

Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire, was a Muslim descendant of both Timur and Genghis Khan. His grandson Akbar established the central administration of the expanding state.

The Scientific Revolution

1550 - 1700

The Intellectual movement in Europe, initially associated with planetary motion and other aspects of physics, that by the seventeenth century had laid the groundwork for modern society

Japanese Invasion of Korea

1592 - 1598

Hideyoshi invaded mainland Asia with 160,00 men intending to conquer Korea and China. When Hideyoshi died in 1598, the Japanese withdrew and made peace in 1606.


1600 - 1750

In the Era of Absolutism, monarchs are not restricted by written laws

30 Years war between various Protestant and Catholic States

1618 - 1648

The 30 Years war began when King Ferdinand attempted to reduce religious activity. This caused rebellion among Protestants. The war came to involve the major powers of Europe, with Sweden, France, Spain and Austria

The Enlightenment

1650 - 1800

A philosophical movement in eighteenth century Europe that fostered the belief that one could reform society behavior and were just as scientific as the laws of physics

Isaac Newton discovers gravity


Isaac Newton's laws of Gravity and his role in developing calculus made him the most famous and influential man of his era.

Thomas Edison produces the first electric light bulb


Nov 4, 1879, Thomos Edison filed a U.S. patent for an electric lamp