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In Ethiopia, the Emperor Fasilides expels the Jesuit missionaries.



Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu of Japan outlaws Christianity and begins a policy of extreme isolationism. Ban on overseas sailing of ships other than Hosho-sen.

There was an earthquake in Odawara in Sagami province.


The Dutch built a second administrative castle on the main island of Taiwan in 1633 and set out to earnestly turn Taiwan into a Dutch colony

July 7 to October 22, 1633 - Battle of Liaoluo Bay took place off the coast of Fujian, China. It involved the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the Chinese Ming dynasty's navies. The battle was fought at the crescent-shaped Liaoluo Bay that forms the southern coast of the island of Kinmen. A Dutch fleet under Admiral Hans Putmans was attempting to control shipping in the Taiwan Strait, while the southern Fujian sea traffic and trade was protected by a fleet under Brigadier General Zheng Zhilong. This was the largest naval encounter between Chinese and European forces before the Opium Wars two hundred years later.

The decisive encounter happened on October 22 when Zheng's fleet met the Dutch ships and fifty ships from Chinese pirate allies. Zheng ordered his fleet to ignore the latter and focus on attacking the Dutch fleet. Knowing that the Chinese ships could not match the Dutch ships in a firefight, Zheng Zhilong instead resolved to use fireships. In order to fool the Dutch to expect otherwise, Zheng chose to use large warjunks as the fireships, decking them with cannon and soldiers (who were equipped with bamboo tubes and were to jump overboard just before crashing the ship into the enemy fleet). The Dutch did not expect the large warjunks to come straight at them, hence they did not even have time to raise their anchors. Ming fireships set fire to the Broeckerhaven. Slooterdijck was hooked on by four Chinese warships. After repulsing two boarding attempts, the Dutch boat was defeated and captured. Some sources state that Wieringen was sunk by cannon from Ming warships, but in fact she survived and foundered in 1636 off Malacca. Hans Putmans fled with the Perdam, Zeeburg, Wieringen and Bleiswijk to Taioan (大員). His pirate allies, most of which had fled at the beginning of the battle, were then defeated in turn. The Koudekerke was surrounded and boarded; the Zalm was sent to her relief but got surrounded also. They were initially assumed lost by Putmans but later it was discovered that they had been able to withdraw to Quenam. Dutch vessels were able to outsail the pursuing Chinese ships by sailing close to the wind, since European rigging at the time were more complex than Chinese ones and performed better in that situation.



William Laud appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. As Archbishop of Canterbury he was prominent in government, taking the king's line and that of Thomas Wentworth, 5th baron Wentworth in all important matters. It is believed that he wrote the controversial Declaration of Sports issued by King Charles in 1633.


Vincent de Paul with the assistance of Louise de Marillac founded the Daughters of Charity.


February 13 – Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition.

June 22 – The Roman Catholic church forces Galileo Galilei to recant his heliocentric view of the solar system: Eppur si muove (Italian).


The last execution in persona for sodomy by the Inquisition took place in Zaragoza in April 1633

§North America

Mission San Luis de Apalachee is built in the New World by two Spanish friars.

§New France

March 1 – Samuel de Champlain reclaims his role as commander of New France on behalf of Cardinal Richelieu.

§Southeast Asia


In the protracted civil war between the two ruling families of Vietnam, the Trịnh tried an amphibious assault on the Nguyễn to get around the wall they had constructed. The Trịnh fleet was defeated by the Nguyễn fleet at the battle of Nhat-Le.


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