Tobacco was first exported from Virginia.
Spain’s Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded St. Augustine in present-day Florida.
Sir Walter Raleigh received an English charter to establish colonies in eastern North America.
In England, King Charles I was executed.
King James II of England was overthrown in the Glorious Revolution.
John Locke published Two Treatises of Government. His anti-authoritarian work asserted that “all men by nature are equal” and would later have a monumental impact on the founding of the United States.
The governor of Spanish Florida announced the establishment of a free black town at Fort Mose.
Thomas Cromwell and the Puritans assumed power in England.
In England, the monarchy was restored. Charles II returned to the throne and bishops were restored to Parliament.
Anne Bradstreet’s poetry collection, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, was published, making Bradstreet the first published female writer in America.