The Age of Discovery turns into the Age of Colonialism.

The Renaissance becomes the Baroque, the age of naked power and greed, the age of reason, the first glimmerings of enlightenment. Thuggery tricked up as enterprise.

Absolute rulers play out their ambitions on the stage of the world.

Political wars disguised as religious ones; religious wars disguised as political ones.

The flowering of science and mathematics.

The birth of notions of freedom for the common man at the same time as a vast, cruel expansion of slavery for millions.

The 17th Century is the stage for countless events that shaped the way the world is today.  In the nodes indexed below, I and others have tried to place many of them in their chronological context, and provide access to further nodes that explain them in-depth.

How I Made the Year Nodes is long enough to be off in its own writeup; follow the link.

Special measures have been taken to identify at least one Dutch painter who passed away in each year of this century.


The 1600-oughts

1600 - 1601 - 1602 - 1603 - 1604 - 1605 - 1606 - 1607 - 1608 - 1609

The 1610s

1610 - 1611 - 1612 - 1613 - 1614 - 1615 - 1616 - 1617 - 1618 - 1619

The 1620s

1620 - 1621 - 1622 - 1623 - 1624 - 1625 - 1626 - 1627 - 1628 - 1629

The 1630s

1630 - 1631 - 1632 - 1633 - 1634 - 1635 - 1636 - 1637 - 1638 - 1639

The 1640s

1640 - 1641 - 1642 - 1643 - 1644 - 1645 - 1646 - 1647 - 1648 - 1649

The 1650s

1650 - 1651 - 1652 - 1653 - 1654 - 1655 - 1656 - 1657 - 1658 - 1659

The 1660s

1660 - 1661 - 1662 - 1663 - 1664 - 1665 - 1666 - 1667 - 1668 - 1669

The 1670s

1670 - 1671 - 1672 - 1673 - 1674 - 1675 - 1676 - 1677 - 1678 - 1679

The 1680s

1680 - 1681 - 1682 - 1683 - 1684 - 1685 - 1686 - 1687 - 1688 - 1689

The 1690s

1690 - 1691 - 1692 - 1693 - 1694 - 1695 - 1696 - 1697 - 1698 - 1699


 

16th Century - 17th Century - 18th Century


You will notice that I have included the year 1600 in the seventeenth century, as I have little patience for pedantic statements about a year-counting system which missed the event it supposedly starts from by about six or seven years. But if you insist, here's a link to the year 1700.

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