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William Shakespeare

What happened when Shakespeare was alive?

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July 14, 2010 11:50PM

Shakespeare lived for 52 years, so a lot happened during his lifetime (1564-1616). Some significant events were the Dutch wars of independence from Spain (unlike the World Cup, the Dutch won), the St. Bartholemew's Day Massacre and the wars of Religion in France, ending with the coronation of Henri IV, the attempted invasion of England by Spain in 1588, the Guy Fawkes plot, the founding of the Romanov dynasty in Russia and the Tokugawa dynasty in Japan, and the career of Akbar, Mogul emperor of India. Manila and Rio de Janeiro were founded, Virginia and Quebec colonized, explorers like Hudson, Frobisher, Davis, Hawkins, Raleigh, Barents and Drake sailed all over the world, Tycho Brahe, Galileo and Johannes Kepler were exploring the stars, new inventions were made such as international postal service, life insurance, knitting machines, bottled beer, Mercator maps, heeled shoes and water-flushed toilets, and new foods were introduced such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes and tea.

You might say it was a busy time.