Early Modern Era Timeline (1450-1750)

Middle East

3. Ottoman victory over Safavids at Chaldiron

1514

4. Rule of Suleiman the Magnificent

1520 - 1566

5. Ottoman fleet defeated in Batle of Lepanto

1571

1. Reign of Abbas I (the Great) in Persia

1588 - 1629

2. Fall of the Safavid dynasty

1722

Europe

6. Gutenberg's printing press starts becoming influential

1450

7. Ottoman capture of Constantinople

1453

8. Portuguese round Cape of Good Hope

1488

10. Spanish Inquisition begins

1492

9. Christopher Columbus' journey to the Americas

1492

11. Vasco de Gama's first voyage to India

1497

12. Commercial Revolution

1500 - 1600

13. Luther's 95 Theses

1517

14. Magellan circumnavigates the globe

1519 - 1521

15. Catholic Reformation

1545 - 1648

16. Religious wars in France, Germany, and Britain

1550 - 1649

17. Scientific Revolution

1600 - 1699

18. Thirty Years War

1618 - 1648

19. Reign of King Louis XIV, France

1643 - 1715

20. Enlightenment

1700 - 1799

Asia-Russia

21. Much of Russia freed from Tatars by Ivan the Great

1462

22. Life of Ivan the Terrible

1533 - 1584

23. Time of Troubles

1604 - 1613

24. Romonov dynasty

1613 - 1917

25. Reign of Peter the Great

1689 - 1725

26. Reign of Catherine the Great

1762 - 1796

27. Pugachev revolt

1773 - 1775

East and Southeast Asia

28. Ming dynasty

1368 - 1644

34. Portuguese conquer Malacca

1511

29. Jesuits arrive in China

1580

36. Dutch and British take over Portuguese-controlled parts of Asia

1600 - 1699

31. Tokugawa shogunate established

1603

32. Christianity banned in Japan

1614

33. Japan moves into self-imposed isolation

1640

35. Dutch begin conquests of Java (Indonesia)

1641

30. Manchu Qing dynasty rules China

1644 - 1912

South Asia

Gunpowder empire

37. Babur conquers India at Battle of Panipat

1526

38. Reign of Akbar

1556 - 1605

39. Construction of Taj Mahal begins

1632

40. Mughal capital sacked

1739

Africa

41. Portugal establishes a fort along the Gold Coast

1481

42. English slave trade begins

1562

43. Rise of Asante and Dahomey kingdoms

1600

44. Dutch establish colony at Cape of Good Hope

1652

Americas

45. Treaty of Tordesillas

1494

46. First Spanish colonies on Latin American mainland

1509

47. Hernan Cortes conquers the Aztecs

1520

48. Francisco Pizarro conquers the Incas

1533