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Centuries: 16th century - 17th century - 18th century
- April 5 - In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.
- October 11 - Adriaen Block and a group of Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the area he explored and named "New Netherland".
- The French Estates-General meets for the last time before the era of the French Revolution. In between, France will be governed as an absolute monarchy.
- John Napier publishes a paper outlining his discovery of logarithms.
- The University of Groningen is established.
- Institution of the Rosicrucian Order in Germany according to Fraternitas Rosae Crucis.