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§Eastern Asia


Jesuit missionary Jeronimo de Angeluin arrives in Japan.

Ieyasu negotiates a settlement with Shimazu of Satsuma and Shimazu Tadatsune submits to Ieyasu in ceremonies at Fushimi palace. After seeing that Shimazu was well treated, other, northern, daimyō also submit peacefully.


It's an exceptionally cold year in Europe due to the eruption of Huaynaputina in Peru in 1600 CE.

§Czech Republic

In Prague, Florian Mathias performs the first successful bowel surgery – removes a dagger from stomach.


February 14 - William Shakespeare First performance of Twelfth Night on Candlemas

March 29 - The first mention of Torcross was recorded at the manorial court in the court rolls.

November 8 - The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public.

Ben Jonson writes Poetaster.

William Shakespeare writes The Merry Wives of Windsor.


January 3 - Battle of Kinsale - the battle happened on Thursday, 3 January 1602 according to the Gregorian Calendar used by the Irish and Spanish forces in the battle, although, for the English who were still using the old Julian Calendar, the date of the battle was Thursday, 24 December 1601


March 20 - The United East India Company is established by the United Provinces States-General in Amsterdam. It was originally established as a chartered company in 1602, when the Dutch government granted it a 21-year monopoly on Dutch spice trade. It is often considered to have been the first multinational corporation in the world and it was the first company to issue stock. It was a powerful company, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, strike its own coins, and establish colonies


December 11 - A surprise attack by forces under the command of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva. (This actually took place after midnight, in the early morning of December 12, but commemorations/celebrations on Fête de l'Escalade are usually held on December 11 or the closest weekend.)

§North America

§United States

May 15 - Bartolomew Gosnold becomes the first European to discover Cape Cod.

Captain Sebastián Vizcaíno dropped anchor at Santa Catalina Island and near San Pedro, California.

A band of English built a fort on the island of Cuttyhunk. They came, not for religious freedom, but to get rich from digging sassafras, a commodity prized in Europe as a cure for sexually transmitted diseases.

The mission Santa Catalina de Guale was founded in 1602 on St. Catherines Island, one of the Sea Islands of the present-day U.S. state of Georgia. It was probably associated with a Guale village known today as the archaeological site "Wamassee Head", on St. Catherines Island.



A private trading company is established in Copenhagen, with the monopoly on the trade with Iceland.

§Southeastern Asia


June - James Lancaster's East India Company fleet arrives at Achin (now Aceh), Sumatra to deal with the local ruler. Having defeated Portugal's ally, the ruler is happy to do business, and Lancaster seizes a large Portuguese Galleon and loots it.


Russia continues to undergo it's worst famine ever due to climate changes brought about by the eruption of the Peruvian volcano, Huaynaputina in 1600 CE. The famine killed as many as 100,000 in Moscow and up to one-third of Tsar Godunov's subjects


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