Undated* The Histories (Polybius), Polybius' "The Histories" translated into Italian language, Italian, English language, English, German language, German and French language, French. * Mississippian culture disappears. * Medallion rug, variant Star Ushak style, Anatolia (modern Turkey), is made. It is now kept at The Saint Louis Art Museum.
1500s (decade), 1500s* 1500: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles of Ghent (future Lord of the Netherlands, King of Spain, Archduke of Austria, and Holy Roman Emperor) was born. * 1500: Guru Nanak begins the spreading of Sikhism, the fifth-largest religion in the world. * 1500: Spain, Spanish navigator Vicente Yáñez Pinzón encounters Brazil but is prevented from claiming it by the Treaty of Tordesillas. * 1500: Portugal, Portuguese navigator Pedro Álvares Cabral claims Brazil for Portugal. * 1500: The Ottoman Navy, Ottoman fleet of Kemal Reis defeats the Republic of Venice, Venetians at the Battle of Lepanto (1500), Second Battle of Lepanto. * 1501: Michelangelo returns to his native Florence to begin work on the statue ''David (Michelangelo), David''. * 1501: Safavids, Safavid dynasty reunifies Iran and rules over it until 1736. Safavids adopt a Shia Islam, Shia branch of Islam. * 1502: First reported Slavery, African slaves in the New World * 1502: The Crimean Khanate sacks Sarai (city), Sarai in the Golden Horde, ending its existence. * 1503: Spanish Empire, Spain defeats Early Modern France, France at the Battle of Cerignola. Considered to be the first battle in history won by gunpowder small arms. * 1503: Leonardo da Vinci begins painting the ''Mona Lisa'' and completes it three years later. * 1503: Nostradamus is born on either December 14 or December 21. * 1504: A period of drought, with famine in all of Spain. * 1504: Death of Isabella I of Castile; Joanna of Castille, Joanna of Castile becomes the Queen. * 1504: Foundation of the Sultanate of Sennar by Amara Dunqas, in what is modern Sudan * 1505: Zhengde Emperor ascends the throne of Ming Dynasty. * 1505: Martin Luther enters St. Augustine's Monastery (Erfurt), St. Augustine's Monastery at Erfurt, Germany, on 17 July and begins his journey to instigating the Reformation. * 1505: Trenggana, Sultan Trenggono builds the first Muslim kingdom in Java, called Demak Sultanate, Demak, in Indonesia. Many other small kingdoms were established in other islands to fight against Portuguese. Each kingdom introduced local language as a way of communication and unity. * 1506: Leonardo da Vinci completes the ''Mona Lisa''. * 1506: King Afonso I of Kongo wins the battle of Mbanza Kongo, resulting in Catholicism becoming Kingdom of Kongo, Kongo's state religion. * 1506: At least two thousand Marrano, converted Jews are massacred in a Lisbon riot, Portugal. * 1506: Christopher Columbus dies in Valladolid, Spain. * 1506: Poland is invaded by Tatar invasions, Tatars from the Crimean Khanate. * 1507: The first recorded epidemic of smallpox in the New World on the island of Hispaniola. It devastates the native Taíno population. * 1507: Afonso de Albuquerque conquered Capture of Ormuz (1507), Hormuz and Muscat, Oman, Muscat, among other bases in the Persian Gulf, taking control of the region at the entrance of the Persian Gulf, Gulf. * 1508–1512: Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel ceiling. * 1509: The Battle of Diu (1509), Battle of Diu marks the beginning of Portuguese people, Portuguese dominance of the Spice trade and the Indian Ocean. * 1509: The Portuguese king sends Diogo Lopes de Sequeira to find Malacca, the eastern terminus of Asian trade. After initially receiving Sequeira, Mahmud Shah (Sultan of Malacca), Sultan Mahmud Shah captures and/or kills several of his men and attempts an assault on the four Portuguese ships, which escape.Ricklefs (1991), p.23 The Javanese fleet is also destroyed in Malacca.
1510s* 1509–1510, 10: The 'great plague (disease), plague' in various parts of Tudor England. * 1510: Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal Portuguese conquest of Goa, conquers Goa in India. * 1511: Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal Capture of Malacca (1511), conquers Portuguese Malacca, Malacca, the capital of the Sultanate of Malacca in present-day Malaysia. * 1512: Nicolaus Copernicus, Copernicus writes ''Commentariolus'', and proclaims the sun the center of the solar system. * 1512: The southern part (historical core) of the Kingdom of Navarre is invaded by Spain, Castile and Aragon. * 1512: The first Portuguese exploratory expedition was sent eastward from Malacca (in present-day Malaysia) to search for the 'Maluku Islands, Spice Islands' (Maluku Islands, Maluku) led by Francisco Serrão. Serrão is shipwrecked but struggles on to Hitu (northern Ambon Island, Ambon) and wins the favour of the local rulers.Ricklefs (1991), page 24 * 1513: Machiavelli writes ''The Prince'', a treatise about political philosophy * 1513: The Portuguese sailor, mariner Jorge Álvares lands at Macau, China, during the Ming Dynasty. * 1513: Henry VIII of England, Henry VIII defeats the French at the Battle of Guinegate (1513), Battle of the Spurs. * 1513: The Battle of Flodden Field in which invading Scottish people, Scots are defeated by Henry VIII of England, Henry VIII's forces. * 1513: Sultan Selim I ("The Grim") orders the massacre of Shia Muslims in Anatolia (present-day Turkey). * 1513: Vasco Núñez de Balboa, in service of Spain arrives at the Pacific Ocean (which he called Mar del Sur) across the Isthmus of Panama. He was the first European to do so. * 1514: The Battle of Orsha halts Muscovy's expansion into Eastern Europe. * 1514: György Dózsa, Dózsa rebellion (peasant revolt) in Kingdom of Hungary, Hungary. * 1514: The Battle of Chaldiran, the Ottoman Empire gains decisive victory against Safavid dynasty. * 1515: The Ottoman Empire wrests Eastern Anatolia from the Safavids after the Battle of Chaldiran. * 1515: The Ottoman Empire, Ottomans conquers the last beyliks of Anatolia, the Beylik of Dulkadir, Dulkadirs and the Ramadanid Emirate, Ramadanids. * 1516–1517: The Ottoman Empire, Ottomans defeat the Mamluk Sultanate (Cairo), Mamluks and gain control of Egypt, Arabian Peninsula, Arabia, and the Levant. * 1517: The Sweating sickness epidemic in Tudor England. * 1517: The Reformation begins when Martin Luther posts his Ninety-five Theses in Saxony. * 1518: Mir Chakar Khan Rind leaves Balochistan (region), Baluchistan and settles in Punjab region, Punjab. * 1518: Leo Africanus, also known as al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi, an Andalusian Berber diplomat who is best known for his book ''Description of Africa (1550 book), Descrittione dell’Africa'' (Description of Africa), is captured by Spanish pirates; he is taken to Rome and presented to Pope Leo X. * 1518: The dancing plague of 1518 begins in Strasbourg, lasting for about one month. * 1519: Leonardo da Vinci dies of natural causes on May 2. *1519: Wang Yangming, the Chinese philosopher and governor of Jiangxi province, describes his intent to use the firepower of the ''fo-lang-ji'', a breech-loading Portuguese culverin, in order to suppress the rebellion of Prince Zhu Chenhao. * 1519: Barbary pirates led by Hayreddin Barbarossa, a Turk appointed to ruling position in Algiers by the Ottoman Empire, raid Provence and Toulon in southern France. * 1519: Charles I of Archduke of Austria, Austria, Spain, and the Low Countries becomes Emperor of Holy Roman Empire as Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (ruled until 1556). * 1519–1522: Spanish expedition commanded by Ferdinand Magellan, Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano, Elcano are the first to Circumnavigate the Earth. * 1519–1521: Hernán Cortés leads the Spanish conquest of Mexico.
1520s* 1520–1566: The reign of Suleiman the Magnificent marks the zenith of the Ottoman Empire. * 1520: The first European diplomatic mission to Ethiopia, sent by the Portugal, Portuguese, arrives at Massawa 9 April, and reaches the imperial encampment of Emperor Dawit II in Shewa 9 October. * 1520: The Portugal, Portuguese established a trading post in the village of Lamakera on the eastern side of Solor (in present-day Indonesia) as a transit harbour between Maluku Islands, Maluku and Malacca. * 1520: Sultan Ali Mughayat Syah, Ali Mughayat Shah of Aceh begins an expansionist campaign capturing Daya on the west Sumatran coast (in present-day Indonesia), and the pepper and gold producing lands on the east coast. * 1521: Belgrade (in present-day Serbia) is Siege of Belgrade (1521), captured by the Ottoman Empire. * 1521: After building fortifications at Tuen Mun, the Portuguese attempt to invade Ming Dynasty China, but are expelled by Chinese naval forces. * 1521: Philippines encountered by Ferdinand Magellan. He was later killed in the Battle of Mactan in central Philippines in the same year. * 1521: Jiajing Emperor ascended the throne of Ming Dynasty, China. * 1521: November, Ferdinand Magellan's expedition reaches Maluku (province), Maluku (in present-day Indonesia) and after trade with Ternate returns to Europe with a load of cloves. * 1521: Pati Unus leads the invasion of Malacca (in present-day Malaysia) against the Portuguese occupation. Pati Unus was killed in this battle, and was succeeded by his brother, sultan Trenggana. * 1522: Rhodes Siege of Rhodes (1522), falls to the Ottomans of Suleiman the Magnificent. * 1522: The Portuguese ally themselves with the rulers of Sultanate of Ternate, Ternate (in present-day Indonesia) and begin construction of a fort. * 1522: August, Luso-Sundanese Treaty signed between Portugal and Sunda Kingdom granted Portuguese permit to build fortress in Sunda Kelapa. * 1523: Sweden Foundation of Modern Sweden, gains independence from the Kalmar Union. * 1523: The Cacao bean is introduced to Spain by Hernán Cortés * 1524–1525: German Peasants' War in the Holy Roman Empire. * 1524 – Giovanni da Verrazzano is the first European to explore the Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic coast of North America between South Carolina and Newfoundland (island), Newfoundland. * 1524 – Ismail I, the founder of Safavid dynasty, dies and Tahmasp I becomes king. * 1525: Spanish Empire, Spain and Holy Roman Empire, Germany defeat France at the Battle of Pavia, Francis I of France is captured. * 1526: The Ottomans defeat the Kingdom of Hungary at the Battle of Mohács. * 1526: Mughal Empire, founded by Babur, rules India until 1857. * 1527: Sack of Rome (1527), Sack of Rome with Pope Clement VII escaping and the Swiss Guards defending the Vatican City, Vatican being killed. The sack of the city of Rome considered the end of the Italian Renaissance. * 1527: Protestant Reformation begins in Sweden. * 1527: The last ruler of Majapahit falls from power. This state (located in present-day Indonesia) was finally extinguished at the hands of the Demak Sultanate, Demak. A large number of courtiers, artisans, priests, and members of the royalty moved east to the island of Bali; however, the power and the seat of government transferred to Demak under the leadership of Pangeran, later Raden Patah, Sultan Fatah. * 1527: June 22, The Javanese Prince Fatahillah of the Sultanate of Cirebon, Cirebon Sultanate successfully defeated the Portuguese armed forces at the site of the Sunda Kelapa Harbor. The city was then renamed Jayakarta, meaning "a glorious victory." This eventful day came to be acknowledged as Jakarta's Founding Anniversary. * 1529: The Austrians defeat the Ottoman Empire at the Siege of Vienna (1529), siege of Vienna. * 1529: Treaty of Zaragoza (1529), Treaty of Zaragoza defined the antimeridian of Treaty of Tordesillas, Tordesillas attributing the Moluccas to Portugal and Philippines to Spain. * 1529: Imam Ahmad Gragn defeats the Ethiopian Emperor Dawit II of Ethiopia, Dawit II in the Battle of Shimbra Kure, the opening clash of the Ethiopian–Adal War.
1530s* 1531–1532, 32: The History of the Church of England, Church of England breaks away from the Catholic Church and recognizes Henry VIII of England, King Henry VIII as the head of the Church. * 1531: The Inca Civil War is fought between the two brothers, Atahualpa and Huáscar. * 1532: Francisco Pizarro leads the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. * 1532: Foundation of São Vicente, São Paulo, São Vicente, the first permanent Portuguese settlement in the Americas. * 1533: Anne Boleyn becomes Queen of England. * 1533: Elizabeth I of England, Elizabeth Tudor is born. * 1534: Jacques Cartier claims Canada for France. * 1534: The Ottomans Capture of Baghdad (1534), capture Baghdad from the Safavid Iran, Safavids. * 1534: Affair of the Placards – Francis becomes more active in repression of French Protestants. * 1535: The Münster Rebellion, an attempt of radical, Millennialism, millennialist, Anabaptists to establish a theocracy, ends in bloodshed. * 1535: The Portuguese in Ternate depose Sultan Tabariji of Ternate, Tabariji (or Tabarija) and send him to Portuguese Goa where he converts to Christianity and bequeaths his Portuguese godfather Jordao de Freitas the island of Ambon Island, Ambon.Ricklefs (1991), page 25 Hairun becomes the next sultan. * 1536: Katherine of Aragon dies in Kimbolton Castle, in England. * 1536: In England, Anne Boleyn is beheaded for adultery and treason. * 1536: Establishment of the Portuguese Inquisition, Inquisition in Portugal. * 1536: Foundation of Buenos Aires (in present-day Argentina) by Pedro de Mendoza. * 1537: The Portuguese Empire, Portuguese establish Recife in Pernambuco, north-east of Brazil. * 1537: William Tyndale's partial translation of the Bible into English is published, which would eventually be incorporated into the King James Bible. * 1538: Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada founds Bogotá. * 1538: Spanish Empire, Spanish–Republic of Venice, Venetian fleet is defeated by the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Preveza. * 1539: Hernando de Soto (explorer), Hernando de Soto explores inland North America.
1540s*1540: The Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, is founded by Ignatius of Loyola and six companions with the approval of Pope Paul III. *1540: Sher Shah Suri founds the Sur Empire, Suri dynasty in South Asia, an ethnic Pashtuns, Pashtun (Pathan) of the house of Sur Dynasty, Sur, who supplanted the Mughal dynasty as rulers of North India during the reign of the relatively ineffectual second Mughal emperor Humayun. Sher Shah Suri decisively defeats Humayun in the Battle of Bilgram (May 17, 1540). *1541: Pedro de Valdivia founds Santiago, Chile, Santiago de Chile. *1541: An Algerian military campaign by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V of Spain (Habsburg) is unsuccessful. *1541: Amazon River is encountered and explored by Francisco de Orellana. *1541: Siege of Buda (1541), Capture of Buda and the absorption of the major part of Kingdom of Hungary, Hungary by the Ottoman Empire. *1541: Sahib I Giray of Crimean Khanate, Crimea invades Muscovy, Russia. *1542: War resumes between Francis I of France and Emperor Charles V. This time Henry VIII of England, Henry VIII is allied with the Emperor, while James V of Scotland and Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, Suleiman I are allied with the French people, French. *1542: Akbar The Great is born in the Rajput Umarkot Fort *1542: Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the island of Samar and Leyte ''Philippines, Las Islas Filipinas'' honoring Philip II of Spain and became the official name of the archipelago. *1543: Ethiopian/Portugal, Portuguese troops decisively defeat the Adal-Ottoman Muslim army led by Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi, Ahmad Gragn at the Battle of Wayna Daga; Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi, Ahmad Gragn is killed at this battle. * 1543: Nicolaus Copernicus, Copernicus publishes his theory that the Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun *1543: The Nanban trade period begins after Portuguese traders make contact with Japan. *1544: The France, French defeat an Holy Roman Empire, Imperial–Spanish Empire, Spanish army at the Battle of Ceresole. *1544: Battle of the Shirts in Scottish clan, Scotland. The Clan Fraser, Frasers and Macdonalds of Clan Ranald fight over a disputed chiefship; reportedly, 5 Frasers and 8 Macdonalds survive. *1545: Songhai Empire, Songhai forces sack the Mali Empire, Malian capital of Niani, Mali, Niani *1545: The Council of Trent meets for the first time in Trent (in northern Italy). *1546: Michelangelo Buonarroti is made chief architect of St. Peter's Basilica. *1546: Francis Xavier works among the peoples of Ambon, Ternate and Morotai (Moro) laying the foundations for a permanent mission. (to 1547) *1547: Henry VIII of England, Henry VIII dies in the Palace of Whitehall on 28 January at the age of 55. *1547: Francis I of France, Francis I dies in the Château de Rambouillet on 31 March at the age of 52. *1547: Edward VI of England, Edward VI becomes King of England and Ireland on 28 January and is crowned on 20 February at the age of 9. *1547: Emperor Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V decisively dismantles the Schmalkaldic League at the Battle of Mühlberg. *1547: Grand Duchy of Moscow, Grand Prince Ivan the Terrible is crowned tsar of (All) Russia, thenceforth becoming the Tsar of Russia#Tsars of Russia, first Russian tsar. *1548: Battle of Uedahara: Firearms are used for the first time on the battlefield in Japan, and Takeda Shingen is defeated by Murakami Yoshikiyo. * 1548: Askia Daoud, who reigned from 1548 to 1583, establishes public libraries in Timbuktu (in present-day Mali). *1548: The Ming Dynasty government of China issues a decree banning all foreign trade and closes down all seaports along the coast; these Hai jin laws came during the Wokou wars with Japanese pirates. *1549: Tomé de Sousa establishes Salvador, Bahia, Salvador in Bahia, north-east of Brazil. *1549: Arya Penangsang with the support of his teacher, Sunan Kudus, avenges the death of Raden Kikin by sending an envoy named Rangkud to kill Sunan Prawoto by Keris Kyai Satan Kober (in present-day Indonesia).
1550s* 1550: The architect Mimar Sinan builds the Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul. * 1550: Mongols led by Altan Khan invade Ming Dynasty, China and besiege Beijing. * 1550–1551: Valladolid debate concerning the human rights of the Indigenous people of the Americas. * 1551: Fifth outbreak of sweating sickness in England. John Caius of Shrewsbury writes the first full contemporary account of the symptoms of the disease. * 1551: North African Barbary pirates, pirates enslave the entire population of the Maltese island Gozo, between 5,000 and 6,000, sending them to Libya. * 1552: Russia conquers the Khanate of Kazan in central Asia. * 1552: Jesuit China Mission, Francis Xavier dies. * 1553: Mary I of England, Mary Tudor becomes the first queen regnant of England and restores the Church of England under Papal authority. * 1553: The Portuguese people, Portuguese found a settlement at History of Macau, Macau. * 1554: Missionary, Missionaries José de Anchieta and Manuel da Nóbrega establishes São Paulo, southeast Brazil. * 1554: Elizabeth I of England, Princess Elizabeth is imprisoned in the Tower of London upon the orders of Mary I of England, Mary I for suspicion of being involved in the Wyatt's rebellion, Wyatt rebellion. * 1555: The Muscovy Company is the first major English Joint stock company, joint stock trading company. * 1556: Publication in Venice of Delle Navigiationi et Viaggi (terzo volume) by Giovanni Battista Ramusio, secretary of Council of Ten, with plan ''La Terra de Hochelaga'', an illustration of the Hochelaga (village), Hochelaga. * 1556: The Shaanxi earthquake in China is history's deadliest known earthquake during the Ming dynasty. * 1556: Georgius Agricola, the "Father of Mineralogy", publishes his ''De re metallica''. * 1556: Akbar, Akbar the Great defeats Hemu at the Second battle of Panipat. * 1556: Russia conquers the Astrakhan Khanate. * 1556–1605: During his reign, Akbar expands the Mughal Empire in a series of conquests (in the Indian subcontinent). * 1556: Mir Chakar Khan Rind captures Delhi with Humayun. * 1556: Pomponio Algerio, radical theologian, is executed by boiling in oil as part of the Roman inquisition. * 1557: Habsburg Spain declares bankruptcy. Philip II of Spain had to declare four National bankruptcy, state bankruptcies in 1557, 1560, 1575 and 1596. * 1557: The Portuguese people, Portuguese settle in Macau (on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from present-day Hong Kong). * 1557: The Ottoman Empire, Ottomans capture Massawa, all but isolating Ethiopia from the rest of the world. * 1558: Elizabeth I of England, Elizabeth Tudor becomes Queen Elizabeth I at age 25. * 1558–1603: The Elizabethan era is considered the height of the English Renaissance. * 1558–1583: Livonian War between Poland, Grand Principality of Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark and Russia. * 1558: After 200 years, the Kingdom of England loses Calais to France. * 1559: With the Peace of Cateau Cambrésis, the Italian Wars conclude. * 1559: Sultan Hairun of Ternate (in present-day Indonesia) protests the Portuguese's Christianity, Christianisation activities in his lands. Hostilities between Sultanate of Ternate, Ternate and the Portuguese.
1560s* 1560: Ottoman navy defeats the Spanish Empire, Spanish fleet at the Battle of Djerba. * 1560: Elizabeth Bathory is born in Nyirbator, Hungary. * 1560: By winning the Battle of Okehazama, Oda Nobunaga becomes one of the pre-eminent warlords of Japan. * 1560: Jeanne d'Albret declares Calvinism the official religion of Kingdom of Navarre, Navarre. * 1560: St. Lazarus' Church, Macau, Lazarus Church, Macau * 1561: Sir Francis Bacon is born in London. * 1561: The battles of Kawanakajima, fourth battle of Kawanakajima between the Uesugi and Takeda at Hachimanbara takes place. * 1561: Guido de Bres draws up the Belgic Confession of Protestant faith. * 1562: Mughal Empire, Mughal emperor Akbar reconciles the Muslim and Hindu factions by marrying into the powerful Rajput Hindu caste. * 1562–1598, 98: French Wars of Religion between Catholics and Huguenots. * 1562: Massacre of Wassy and Battle of Dreux in the French Wars of Religion. * 1562: Portuguese Dominican Order, Dominican priests build a palm-trunk fortress which Javanese people, Javanese Muslims burned down the following year. The fort was rebuilt from more durable materials and the Dominicans commenced the Christianity, Christianisation of the local population. * 1563: Black Death, Plague outbreak claimed 80,000 people in Elizabethan era, Elizabethan Kingdom of England, England. In London alone, over 20,000 people died of the disease. * 1564: Galileo Galilei born on February 15 * 1564: William Shakespeare baptized 26 April * 1565: Battle of Talikota fought between the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire and the Deccan sultanates. * 1565: Mir Chakar Khan Rind dies at aged 97. * 1565: Estácio de Sá establishes Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. * 1565: The Hospitallers, a Crusading Order, defeat the Ottoman Empire at the siege of Malta (1565). * 1565: Miguel López de Legazpi establishes in Cebu the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines starting a period of Spanish colonization that would last over three hundred years. * 1565: Spanish navigator Andres de Urdaneta discovers the maritime route from Asia to the Americas across the Pacific Ocean, also known as the ''tornaviaje''. * 1565: Royal Exchange, London, Royal Exchange is founded by Thomas Gresham. * 1566: Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire, dies on September 7, during the battle of Szigetvar. * 1566–1648: Eighty Years' War between Spain and the Netherlands. * 1566: Da le Balle Contrade d'Oriente, composed by Cipriano de Rore. * 1567: After 45 years' reign, Jiajing Emperor died in the Forbidden City, Longqing Emperor ascended the throne of Ming Dynasty. * 1567: Mary, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned by Elizabeth I. * 1568: The Principality of Transylvania (1570–1711), Transylvanian Diet (assembly), Diet, under the patronage of the prince John Sigismund Zápolya, the former king of Hungary, inspired by the teachings of Ferenc Dávid, the founder of the Unitarian Church of Transylvania, promulgates the Edict of Torda, the first law of freedom of religion and of conscience in the World. * 1568–1571: Morisco Revolt in Spain. * 1568–1600: The Azuchi-Momoyama period in Japan. * 1568: Hadiwijaya sent his adopted son and son in-law Senopati, Sutawijaya, who would later become the first ruler of the Mataram Sultanate, Mataram dynasty of Indonesia, to kill Arya Penangsang. * 1569: Rising of the North in England. * 1569: Mercator 1569 world map published by Gerardus Mercator. * 1569: The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth is created with the Union of Lublin which lasts until 1795. * 1569: Peace treaty signed by Sultan Hairun of Ternate and Governor Lopez De Mesquita of Portugal.
1570s* 1570: Ivan the Terrible, tsar of Russia, orders the massacre of inhabitants of Novgorod. * 1570: Pope Pius V issues ''Regnans in Excelsis'', a papal bull excommunicating all who obeyed Elizabeth I and calling on all Catholics to rebel against her. * 1570: Sultan Hairun of Ternate (in present-day Indonesia) is killed by the Portuguese. Babullah of Ternate, Babullah becomes the next Sultan. * 1571: Pope Pius V completes the Holy League (Mediterranean), Holy League as a united front against the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Turks. * 1571: The Spanish-led Holy League navy destroys the Ottoman Empire navy at the Battle of Lepanto (1571), Battle of Lepanto. * 1571: Crimean Khanate, Crimean Tatars attack and Russo-Crimean Wars, sack Moscow, burning everything but the Moscow Kremlin, Kremlin. * 1571: Native Americans in the United States, American Indians kill Spanish missionaries in what would later be Jamestown, Virginia. * 1571: Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi establishes Manila, Philippines as the capital of the Spanish East Indies. * 1572: Brielle is taken from Habsburg Spain by Protestant Watergeuzen in the Capture of Brielle, in the Eighty Years' War. * 1572: Conquistador, Spanish conquistadores apprehend the last Inca Empire, Inca leader Tupak Amaru at Vilcabamba, Peru, and execute him in Cuzco. * 1572: Jeanne d'Albret dies aged 43 and is succeeded by Henry IV of France, Henry of Navarre. * 1572: Catherine de' Medici instigates the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre which takes the lives of Protestant leader Gaspard II de Coligny, Gaspard de Coligny and thousands of Huguenots. The violence spreads from Paris to other cities and the countryside. * 1572: First edition of the epic The Lusiads of Luís Vaz de Camões, three years after the author returned from the East. * 1572: The 9 years old Crown prince, Taizi, Zhu Yijun ascended the throne of Ming Dynasty, known as Wanli Emperor. * 1573: After heavy losses on both sides the siege of Haarlem ends in a Spain, Spanish victory. * 1574: in the Eighty Years' War the capital of County of Zeeland, Zeeland, Middelburg, Zeeland, Middelburg declares for the Protestants. * 1574: After a siege of 4 months the siege of Leiden ends in a comprehensive Dutch Revolt, Dutch rebel victory. * 1575: Oda Nobunaga finally captures Nagashima fortress. * 1575: Following a five-year war, the Ternateans under Sultan Babullah of Ternate, Babullah defeated the Portuguese. * 1576: Tahmasp I, Safavid shah, dies. * 1576: The Battle of Haldighati is fought between the ruler of Mewar, Maharana Pratap and the Mughal Empire's forces under Emperor Akbar led by Raja Man Singh. * 1576: Sack of Antwerp by badly paid Spaniards, Spanish soldiers. * 1577–1580, 80: Francis Drake Circumnavigation, circles the world. * 1577: Ki Ageng Pemanahan built his palace in Pasargede or Kotagede. * 1578: King Sebastian of Portugal is killed at the Battle of Alcazarquivir. * 1578: The Portuguese establish a fort on Tidore but the main centre for Portuguese activities in Maluku becomes Ambon. * 1578: 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso is conferred the title of Dalai Lama by Tumed Mongol ruler, Altan Khan. Recognised as the reincarnation of two previous Lamas, Sonam Gyatso becomes the third Dalai Lama in the lineage. * 1579: The Union of Utrecht unifies the northern Netherlands, a foundation for the later Dutch Republic. * 1579: The Union of Arras unifies the southern Netherlands, a foundation for the later states of the Spanish Netherlands, the Austrian Netherlands and Belgium. * 1579: The British navigator Sir Francis Drake passes through Maluku and transit in Ternate on his circumnavigation of the world. The Portuguese establish a fort on Tidore but the main centre for Portuguese activities in Maluku becomes Ambon.
1580s* 1580: Francis Drake, Drake's royal reception after his attacks on Spanish possessions influences Philip II of Spain to build up the Spanish Armada. English ships in Spanish harbours are impounded. * 1580: Spain unifies with Portugal under Philip II of Spain, Philip II. The struggle for the throne of Portugal ends the Portuguese Empire. The Spanish and Portuguese crowns are Iberian Union, united for 60 years, i.e. until 1640. * 1580–1587: Nagasaki comes under control of the Jesuits. * 1581: Dutch Act of Abjuration, declaring abjuring allegiance to Philip II of Spain. * 1581: Bayinnaung dies at the age of 65. * 1582: Oda Nobunaga is Honnō-ji Incident, assassinated by his general, Akechi Mitsuhide. * 1582: Pope Gregory XIII issues the Gregorian calendar. The last day of the Julian calendar was Thursday, 4 October 1582 and this was followed by the first day of the Gregorian calendar, Friday, 15 October 1582 * 1582: Yermak Timofeyevich conquers the Siberia Khanate on behalf of the Stroganovs. * 1583: Denmark builds the world's first theme park, Dyrehavsbakken, Bakken. * 1583: Death of Sultan Babullah of Ternate. * 1584–1585: After the Siege of Antwerp (1584-1585), siege of Antwerp, many of its merchants flee to Amsterdam. According to Luc-Normand Tellier, "At its peak, between 1510 and 1557, Antwerp concentrated about 40% of the world trade...It is estimated that the port of Antwerp was earning the Spanish crown seven times more revenues than the Spanish colonization of the Americas, Americas."Luc-Normand Tellier (2009). "
1590s* 1590: Siege of Odawara (1590), Siege of Odawara: the Late Hōjō clan, Go-Hojo clan surrender to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Japan is unified. * 1591: List of Crimean khans, Gazi Giray leads a huge Tatar expedition against Moscow. * 1591: In Mali, Morocco, Moroccan forces of the Sultan Ahmad I al-Mansur Saadi, Ahmad al-Mansur led by Judar Pasha defeat the Songhai Empire at the Battle of Tondibi. * 1592–1593: John Stow reports 10,675 Black Death, plague deaths in London, a city of approximately 200,000 people. * 1592–1598: Korea, with the help of Ming Dynasty China, repels Hideyoshi's invasions of Korea, two Japanese invasions. * 1593–1606: The Long War (Ottoman wars), Long War between the Habsburg monarchy and the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman Turks. * 1594: St. Paul's College, Macau, founded by Alessandro Valignano. * 1595: First Dutch expedition to Indonesia sets sail for the East Indies with two hundred and forty-nine men and sixty-four cannons led by Cornelis de Houtman.Ricklefs (1991), page 27 * 1596: Birth of René Descartes. * 1596: June, de Houtman's expedition reaches Banten the main pepper port of West Java where they clash with both the Portuguese and Indonesians. It then sails east along the north coast of Java losing twelve crew to a Javanese attack at Sidayu and killing a local ruler in Madura. * 1597: ''Romeo and Juliet'' is published. * 1597: Cornelis de Houtman's expedition returns to the Netherlands with enough spices to make a considerable profit. * 1598: The Edict of Nantes ends the French Wars of Religion. * 1598: Abbas I of Persia, Abbas I moves Safavids capital from Qazvin to Isfahan in 1598. * 1598–1613: Russia descends into anarchy during the Time of Troubles. * 1598: The Portuguese require an armada of 90 ships to put down a Solorese uprising. (to 1599) * 1598: More Dutch fleets leave for Indonesia and most are profitable. * 1598: The province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México is established in Northern New Spain. The region would later become a territory of Mexico, the New Mexico Territory in the United States, and the US State of New Mexico. * 1598: Death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, known as the unifier of Japan. * 1599: The Mali Empire is defeated at the Battle of Jenné. * 1599: The van Neck expedition returns to Europe. The expedition makes a 400 per cent profit. (to 1600) * 1599: March, Leaving Europe the previous year, a Second Dutch Expedition to Indonesia (1598-1600), fleet of eight ships under Jacob van Neck was the first Dutch fleet to reach the ‘Spice Islands’ of Maluku. * 1600: Giordano Bruno is burned at the stake for Christian heresy, heresy in Rome. * 1600: Battle of Sekigahara in Japan. End of the Sengoku period, Warring States period and beginning of the Edo period. * 1600: The Portuguese win a major naval battle in the bay of Ambon.Ricklefs (1991), page 28 Later in the year, the Dutch join forces with the local Hituese in an anti-Portuguese alliance, in return for which the Dutch would have the sole right to purchase spices from Hitu. * 1600: Elizabeth I grants a charter to the British East India Company beginning the English advance in Asia.
Politics*Abbas I of Persia, Abbas I, the greatest king of the Safavid dynasty (1571–1629). *Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi, Somali people, Somali Imam and general (1507–1543). *Akbar the Great, third Mughal emperor, who led the Mughal Empire to its zenith (1542–1605). *Bayinnaung, Burmese ruler who created the largest empire in Southeast Asia. The First Toungoo Empire, Toungoo Empire. (Second Burmese Empire) (1516–1581). *Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and List of Spanish monarchs, King of Spain. Involved in almost constant conflict with France and the Ottoman Empire while promoting the Spanish colonization of the Americas (1500–1558). *Cuauhtémoc, the last Tlatoani of the Aztec, led the native resistance against the Conquistadores (1502–1525). *Edward VI of England, notable for further differentiating Anglicanism from the practices of the Catholic Church (1537–1553). *Elizabeth I of England, Queen of England (1533–1603). *Francis I of France, considered the first Renaissance monarch of his Kingdom (1494–1547). *Gustav I of Sweden, restored Swedish sovereignty and introduced Protestantism in Sweden (1496–1560). *Henry IV of France and Navarre, ended the French Wars of Religion and reunited the kingdom under his command (1553–1610). *Henry VII of England, king of Kingdom of England, England, established the Tudor dynasty (1457–1509). *Henry VIII of England, founder of Anglicanism (1491–1547). *Ismail I, Persian ruler, reunified Persia, established the Safavid dynasty and declared Shia Islam as the state religion (1487–1524). *Ivan IV of Russia, first Russian tsar (1533–1584). *Lady Jane Grey, Queen regnant of England and Ireland. Notably deposed by popular revolt (1537–1554). *Jeanne d'Albret, Queen regnant of Navarre, led the Huguenots in the French Wars of Religion (1528–1572). *Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Netherlands, Dutch politician and Grand Pensionary, played a pivotal role in organizing the Dutch revolt against Spain (1542–1619). *Maharana Pratap, King of Mewar, Most Successful insurgent king against the Mughal Empire (1540–1597). *Manuel I of Portugal, Manuel I, King of Portugal. Ruler of the first global empire. He also used the motto ''Manuel Rex Orbis est'', meaning ''Manuel King of the Globe'' (1469–1521). *Manus O'Donnell, King of Tír Chonaill in Ulster. Irish people, Irish Renaissance prince (died 1564). *Mary I of England, Attempted to counter the Protestant Reformation in her domains. Nicknamed Bloody Mary for her Religious persecution (1516–1558). *Mary, Queen of Scots, First female head of the House of Stuart (1542–1587). *Michael the Brave, ruler of Walachia, national symbol of Romanians for uniting the three provinces under his rule in 1600 (1558–1601) *Moctezuma II, Tlatoani of the Aztec Triple Alliance, Aztec, was the ruler in which the Spanish arrived (c. 1466–1520). *Nikola Šubić Zrinski, Ban of Croatia, Ban (Viceroy) of Croatia and military leader, stopped the invading Ottoman Empire, Ottoman army at the Battle of Szigetvar in 1566 (1507–1566). *Oda Nobunaga, ''daimyō'' of the Sengoku period of Japan. First ruler of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1534–1582). *Philip II of Spain, It was first said of his Spanish Empire, empire that The empire on which the sun never sets, "the sun did not set". Strong defender of Catholicism and self-proclaimed leader of Counter-Reformation (1527–1598). *Sigismund III Vasa, the first and only monarch of the Polish–Swedish union; his long reign in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth coincided with the apex of the Commonwealth's prestige, power and economic influence (1566–1632). *Suleiman the Magnificent, List of Ottoman Sultans, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. Conqueror and legal reformer (1494–1566). *Tahmasp I, the longest ruler of the Safavids (1514–1576). *Toyotomi Hideyoshi, ''daimyō'' of the Sengoku period of Japan. Second ruler of the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1536–1598). *Wanli Emperor, Emperor of China during the Ming Dynasty, aided Korea in the Imjin War (1563–1620). *William the Silent, William I of House of Orange-Nassau, Orange-Nassau, main leader of the Netherlands, Dutch revolt against the Spain, Spanish (1533–1584). *Zygmunt I the Old, King of Poland, established a conscription army and the bureaucracy needed to finance it (1467–1548).
Consorts of rulers*Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII of England, Henry VIII. She was the first Queen of England to be executed, and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I (c. 1501–1536).
Military*György Dózsa, man-at-arms (soldier) and leader of the peasants' revolt in Hungary (1470–1514). *Lapulapu, Filipino native warrior. He is best known for the Battle of Mactan that happened at dawn on April 27, 1521, where he and his soldiers defeated Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. *Yi Sun-sin, Korean admiral, respected as one of the greatest admirals in world history (1545–1598).
Jurisprudence*Alberico Gentili, the "Father of international law", considered to be one of the greatest lawyers of all time (1552–1608).
Theology*John Calvin, French theologian Protestantism, Protestant Reformation, Reformer. Proponent of what came to be called Calvinism (1509 –1564). *Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (1491–1556). *Saint John of the Cross, Spanish mystic (1542–1591). *John Knox, Scotland, Scottish clergyman and leader of the Protestant Reformation, who is considered the founder of the Presbyterianism, Presbyterian denomination (c. 1510 – 1572). *Martin Luther, German religious reformer (1483–1546). *Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit who traveled to Macau, China in 1582, and died in Beijing (1552–1610). *Ruy López de Segura, Spanish bishop and chess player (c. 1530 – c. 1580). *Saint Teresa of Ávila, Spanish mystic (1515–1582).
Mysticism*Michel Nostradamus, French astrologer (in his time there was not yet a clear separation between astrology and astronomy), alchemist (in this epoch alchemy was a protoscience that was precursor to modern day chemistry, modern day alchemy is considered a pseudoscience), apothecary (precursors to modern day pharmacists), physician, author of Les Propheties, a book of world prophecies (1503–1566).
Exploration*Vasco Núñez de Balboa (c. 1475 – 1519) – Spanish people, Spanish explorer. The first European to cross the Isthmus of Panama and view the Pacific Ocean from American shores. *Gaspar Corte Real, Gaspar (1450–1501) and Miguel Corte-Real (1448–1502). Portuguese people, Portuguese explorers. Among the first modern explorers (with João Fernandes Lavrador) in the coasts of the far Northeast of Northern America, including the Labrador peninsula. They also rediscovered Greenland (1499-1501/1502). *Pedro Álvares Cabral (c. 1467–1520), Portuguese navigator. The first European to arrive in Brazil, on 22 April 1500. Led the first expedition that united Europe, Africa, America, and Asia. *Afonso de Albuquerque (c. 1453–1515), Portuguese explorer and statesman. Earlier geostrategist and explorer of the Indian Ocean. Leading builder of the Portuguese empire in Asia and the Far East. *António de Abreu (c. 1480 – c. 1514) and Francisco Serrão (died 1521) – Portuguese explorers. Led the first European fleet into the edges of the Pacific Ocean, in 1511–1512, through Indonesia, reaching the Banda Sea and the Moluccas. *João de Lisboa (c.1470–1525) – Portuguese people, Portuguese explorer, pilot, cosmographer and cartographer. Explored the Río de La Plata and the San Matias Gulf. *Jacques Cartier (1491–1557) – French people, French explorer. Discovered Canada. *Francisco Vásquez de Coronado (c. 1510 – 1554) – Spanish people, Spanish explorer. Searched for the Seven Cities of Gold and discovered the Grand Canyon in the process. *Hernán Cortés, Spanish Conquistador (1485–1547). *Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca(c. 1488/1490 – c. 1557/1558)., Spanish explorer. Crossed North America through the US south, southwest, and Mexico *Andrés de Urdaneta (c. 1498 – 1568) was a Spanish navigator, friar and circumnavigator. In 1565 he discovered the maritime path from Asia to the Americas across the Pacific. *Sir Francis Drake (1540–1596) – English people, English explorer. The first English captain to circumnavigation, sail around the world and survive. *Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476–1526) – Spanish people, Spanish explorer. Completed the first circumnavigation of the globe in a single expedition after its captain, Magellan, was killed. *Vasco da Gama (c. 1469 – 1524), Portuguese people, Portuguese navigator. Discovered the ocean route to Asia around the Cape of Good Hope. Explored and crossed the Atlantic and Indian oceans. *Juan Ponce de León (c. 1460 – 1521) – Spanish people, Spanish explorer. He explored Florida while attempting to locate a Fountain of Youth. *Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese people, Portuguese navigator who sailed around the world (1480–1521). Explored and crossed the Pacific Ocean. *António Mota, Portuguese people, Portuguese trader and explorer who reached Japan in 1542–43. * Francisco de Orellana (1511–1546) – Spanish people, Spanish explorer in 1541–1542, 42 sails the length of the Amazon River. *Francisco Pizarro (c. 1475 – 1541) – Spanish people, Spanish explorer and conquistador. Conquered the Inca Empire. *Hernando de Soto (explorer), Hernando de Soto (c. 1496 – 1542) – Spanish people, Spanish explorer. Explored Florida, mainly northwest Florida, and discovered the Mississippi River. *Fernão Mendes Pinto (c. 1509 – 8 July 1583) – Portuguese people, Portuguese. Explored Asia and the Indies. Supposedly Reached Japan in 1542–43. *Yermak Timofeyevich (c. 1532–1585) – Russians, Russian cossack ataman. Conquered the Khanate of Siberia. *Luis Váez de Torres (c. 1565–1607) Spanish or Portuguese navigator. Explored the Pacific for the Spanish crown and crossed the strait that bears his name in northern Australia. *Giovanni da Verrazzano (c. 1485–1528) – Italian people, Italian explorer for France. Explored the northeast coast of America, from about present-day South Carolina to Newfoundland (island), Newfoundland.
Visual artists* Bartolommeo Bandinelli (1493–1560), Italian sculptor * Donato Bramante (1444–1514), Italian architect * Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian painter and sculptor (1475–1564). * Bronzino (1503–1572), Italian painter * Pieter Bruegel the Elder, (c. 1525 – September 9, 1569) * Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568–1625), * Caravaggio (1571–1610), Italian artist. * Benvenuto Cellini (1500–1571), Italian jeweller and sculptor. * Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553), German painter. * Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515–1586), German painter. * Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), German artist. * Rosso Fiorentino (1494–1540), Italian painter. * Domenico Fontana (1543–1607), Italian architect. * Giambologna (1529–1608), Flemish-Italian sculptor. * El Greco (1541–1614), Greek-Spanish painter, sculptor, and architect * Juan de Herrera, Spanish architect (1530–1597) * Hans Holbein the Younger, German artist, (1497–1543) * Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), Italian architect * Parmigianino (1503–1540), Italian painter * Pontormo (1494–1557), Italian painter. * Raphael (1483–1520), Italian painter * Giulio Romano (c. 1499–1546), Italian painter and architect. * Andrea del Sarto (1486–1530), Italian painter. * Giuliano da Sangallo (c. 1445 – 1516), Italian sculptor, architect and military engineer * Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1484–1546), Italian architect * Mimar Sinan (1489–1588) was a civil engineer and chief architect of the Ottoman Empire * Tintoretto (1518–1594), Italian painter * Titian(c. 1485–1576), Italian painter * Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574), Italian painter, architect, writer and historian. * Paolo Veronese, Italian painter, (1528 – April 19, 1588) * Leonardo da Vinci famous artist and inventor and scientist (1452–1519). * Qiu Ying, Chinese painter who belonged to the Wu School and used gongbi brush style (1494–1552)
Musicians and composers* Vitthalanatha, Viṭṭhalanātha Gosaiji ( circa 1516 - 1588) *Surdas and other Aṣṭachāp, Aṣṭachāp(group of 6 musicians) of Haveli Sangeet, haveli sangeet *Andrea Amati (c. 1520 – c. 1578) * Felice Anerio (c. 1560 – 1614) * Adriano Banchieri (c. 1557 – 1634) * Giovanni Bassano (c. 1558 – 1617) * William Brade (1560–1630) * John Bull (composer), John Bull (c. 1562 – 1628) * Antonio de Cabezón (c. 1510 – 1566) * Giulio Caccini (c. 1545 – 1618) * Dario Castello (c. 1560 – c. 1640) * Emilio de' Cavalieri (c. 1550 – March 11, 1602) * Jacques Champion (before 1555 – 1642) * Manuel Rodrigues Coelho (c. 1555 – c. 1635) * John Dowland (1563–1626) * Giles Farnaby (1565–1640) * Alfonso Fontanelli (1557–1622) * Hans Leo Hassler (1562–1612) * Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia (1565–1627) * Giovanni Gabrieli (1557–1612) * Joseph Lupo * Peter Lupo (c. 1535 – 1608) * Thomas Lupo the elder, Thomas Lupo (c. 1571 – c. 1627) * Ascanio Mayone (1565–1627) * Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500 – 1553) * Giovanni Bernardino Nanino (c. 1560 – 1623) * Johannes Nucius (c. 1556 – 1620) * Claudio Merulo (1533–1604) * Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, (1525–1594) * Jacopo Peri (1561–1633) * Peter Philips (c. 1560 – 1628) * Hieronymus Praetorius (1560–1629) * Cipriano de Rore (1516–1565) * Paolo Quagliati (c. 1555 – 1628) * Francisco de Salinas (1513–1590) * Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621) * Jean Titelouze (1563–1633) * Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (1564–1627) * Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)
Literature* Juan Martínez de Jáuregui y Aguilar, Spanish poet and painter, (1483–1541) * Mateo Alemán, Spanish novelist and writer (1547 – c. 1615) * Ludovico Ariosto, Italian poet, (1474–1533) * Bâkî, Ottoman Turkish poet. He was known as "Sultan of poets" (1526–1600) * Luís de Camões, Portuguese poet (c. 1524 – 1580). * Baldassare Castiglione, Italian author (1478–1529) * Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author (1547–1616) * John Donne, English Metaphysical poetry, metaphysical poet (1572–1631) * Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (1544-1595) * Alonso de Ercilla, Spanish poet (1533–1594) * Luis de Góngora, Spanish poet (1561–1627) * Thomas Heywood, English dramatist (c. early 1570s – 1641) * Malaye Jaziri, Kurdish language, Kurdish poet and mysticism, mystic (1570–1640) * Ben Jonson, English dramatist (c. 1572 – 1637) * Jan Kochanowski, Polish poet (1530–1584) * Fuzûlî, Azerbaijani poet (1483–1556) * Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (1558–1594) * Luis de León, Spanish poet (1527–1591) * Thomas Lodge, English dramatist (1558–1625) * Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian author (1469–1527) * Christopher Marlowe, English poet and dramatist (1564–1593). * Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (1533–1592). * Thomas More, English politician and author (1478–1535). * Miyamoto Musashi, famous warrior in Japan, author of The Book of Five Rings, a treaty on strategy and martial combat. (1584–1645) * François Rabelais, French author (c. 1493 – 1553). * Mikołaj Rej, Polish writer (1505–1569). * Pierre de Ronsard, French poet. Called the "Prince of poets" of his generation. (1524–1585). * William Shakespeare, English playwright (1564–1616). * Edmund Spenser, English poet (c. 1552–1599) * Gian Giorgio Trissino, Italian humanist, poet, dramatist, diplomat, and grammarian (1478–1550) * Garcilaso de la Vega (poet), Garcilaso de la Vega, Spanish poet (1501–1536) * Lope de Vega, Spanish dramatist (1562–1635). * Benedetto Varchi, Italian humanist, a historian and poet (1502/1503 – 1565) * Sharaf Khan Bidlisi, Kurdish politician, historian and poet (1543–1603)
Science and philosophy*Mulla Sadra, (1571–1641), the single most important and influential philosopher in the Muslim world in the last four hundred years who introduced Transcendent Theosophy or ''al-hikmah al-muta'liyah'' *Tantrasamgraha, Nilkantha Somasutvan,Indian Astronomer *Vallabha, Jagadguru Aacharya Shree Vallabhacharya jee Mahaprabhu and Vitthalanatha, Jagadguru Aacharya Shree Vitthalnathjee Gusaijee *Sir Francis Bacon, (1561–1626) was an England, English philosopher, Politician, statesman, and essayist. *Pietro Bembo (1470–1547), Italian scholar, poet, literary theorist and a cardinal. *Tycho Brahe, (1546–1601), Denmark, Danish astronomer. *Giordano Bruno, Italian philosopher and astronomer/astrologer (1548–1600). *Giovanni Battista Ramusio, Venetian geographer, diplomat and secretary of council of Ten of Venice Italy, author of Delle Navigationi et Viaggi (1485–1557). *Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639), Italian philosopher, theologian, astrologer, and poet. *Demetrios Chalkokondyles, (1423–1511), Greek humanist, scholar. *Nicolaus Copernicus, (1473–1543) astronomer, developed the heliocentrism, heliocentric (Sun-centered) theory using science, scientific methods. *Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (sometimes known as Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam) (October 27, 1466/1469, Rotterdam – July 12, 1536, Basel was a Dutch Renaissance humanist and Catholic theologian. *Galileo Galilei (1564#Reference-Drake-1978, Drake (1978, p.1). The date of Galileo's birth is given according to the Julian calendar, which was then in force throughout the whole of Christendom. In 1582 it was replaced in Italy and several other Catholic countries with the Gregorian calendar. Unless otherwise indicated, dates in this article are given according to the Gregorian calendar. – 1642) was a Tuscany, Tuscan (Italian people, Italian) physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. *Konrad Gessner (1516–1565) was a Switzerland, Swiss natural history, naturalist, bibliographer, Botanist, His three-volume ''Historiae animalium'' (1551–1558) is considered the beginning of modern zoology *William Gilbert (astronomer), William Gilbert, also known as Gilberd, (1544–1603) was an English physician and a natural philosopher. *Francesco Guicciardini, (1483–1540) Italian historian and statesman. *Johannes Kepler, (1571–1630), German mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. *Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527), Italian historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer. *Gerardus Mercator (5 March 1512 – 2 December 1594), famous cartographer. *Michael Servetus (1509 or 1511 – 27 October 1553), Spanish theologian, physician, cartographer, and Renaissance humanist. *Francisco Suarez (1548–1617), Spanish philosopher and theologian. *Paracelsus, Swiss Renaissance physician, botanist, alchemist, astrologer, and general occultist (1494–1541). *Andreas Vesalius (Brussels, December 31, 1514 – Zakynthos, October 15, 1564) was an anatomist, physician, and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy, De humani corporis fabrica (On the Workings of the Human Body). Vesalius is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy. *Edward Wright (mathematician), Edward Wright, (baptized 1561; died 1615), English mathematician and cartographer who determined the mathematical basis of the Mercator projection and produced the first maps in England according to this method
Inventions, discoveries, introductions: ''Related article: Timeline of historic inventions#16th century, List of 16th century inventions.'' * The Columbian Exchange introduces many plants, animals and diseases to the Old World, Old and New Worlds. * Introduction of the spinning wheel revolutionizes textile production in Europe. * The letter J is introduced into the English alphabet. * 1500: First portable watch is created by Peter Henlein of Germany. * 1513: Juan Ponce de León sights Florida and Vasco Núñez de Balboa sights the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean. * 1519–1522, 22: Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano lead the first circumnavigation of the World. * 1519–1540: In America, Hernando de Soto (explorer), Hernando de Soto expeditions map the Gulf of Mexico coastline and bays. * 1525: Modern square root symbol (√) * 1540: Francisco Vásquez de Coronado sights the Grand Canyon. * 1541–1542, 42: Francisco de Orellana sails the length of the Amazon River. * 1542–1543, 43: Firearms are introduced into Japan by the Portuguese people, Portuguese. * 1543: Nicolaus Copernicus, Copernicus publishes his theory that the Earth and the other planets revolve around the Sun * 1545: Theory of complex numbers is first developed by Gerolamo Cardano of Italy. * 1558: Camera obscura is first used in Europe by Giambattista della Porta of Italy. * 1559–1562: Spanish settlements in Alabama/Florida and Georgia (U.S. state), Georgia confirm dangers of hurricanes and local native warring tribes. * 1565: Spanish settlers outside New Spain (Mexico) colonize Florida's coastline at St. Augustine, Florida, St. Augustine. * 1565: Invention of the graphite pencil (in a wooden holder) by Conrad Gesner. Modernized in 1812. * 1568: Gerardus Mercator creates the first Mercator projection map. * 1572: Supernova SN 1572 is observed by Tycho Brahe in the Milky Way. * 1582: Gregorian calendar is introduced in Europe by Pope Gregory XIII and adopted by Catholic countries. * c. 1583: Galileo Galilei of Pisa, Italy identifies the constant swing of a pendulum, leading to development of reliable timekeepers. * 1585: earliest known reference to the 'Wheelbarrow#Chinese sailing carriage, sailing carriage' in China. * 1589: William Lee (inventor), William Lee invents the stocking frame. * 1591: First flush toilet is introduced by John Harington (writer), Sir John Harrington of England, the design published under the title 'The Metamorphosis of Ajax'. * 1593: Galileo Galilei invents a thermometer. * 1596: William Barents discovers Spitsbergen. * 1597: Opera in Florence by Jacopo Peri.
See also*Entertainment in the 16th century
Further reading* Langer, William. ''An Encyclopedia of World History'' (5th ed. 1973); highly detailed outline of event