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17th Century

1568 – The Battle of San Juan de Ulúa

23 September – On this day

The Battle of San Juan de Ulúa was a battle between English privateers and Spanish forces at San Juan de Ulúa (in modern Veracruz). It marked the end of the campaign carried out by an English flotilla of six ships that had systematically conducted illegal trade in the Caribbean Sea, including the slave trade, imposing it even by force. Continue reading “1568 – The Battle of San Juan de Ulúa”

1697 – The Treaty of Ryswick is signed

20 September – On this day

The Treaty of Ryswick was signed on this day in 1697 and named after Ryswick (now known as Rijswijk) in the Dutch Republic. The treaty settled the War of the League of Augsburg (Nine Years’ War), which pitted France against the Grand Alliance of England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the United Provinces. Continue reading “1697 – The Treaty of Ryswick is signed”

1631 – Battle of Breitenfeld

17 September – On this day

The Battle of Breitenfeld, was fought at a crossroads near Breitenfeld approximately five miles north-west of the walled city of Leipzig on this day in 1631. It was the Protestants’ first major victory of the Thirty Years War. Continue reading “1631 – Battle of Breitenfeld”

1620 – The Pilgrims set sail from England

16 September – On this day

The Pilgrims finally sailed successfully on this day in 1620, from Plymouth. Continue reading “1620 – The Pilgrims set sail from England”

1645 – Battle of Philiphaugh

13 September – On this day

The Battle of Philiphaugh was fought on this day in 1645 during the Civil War near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. The Royalist force of the Marquis of Montrose was destroyed by the Covenanter army of Sir David Leslie, restoring the power of the Committee of Estates. Continue reading “1645 – Battle of Philiphaugh”

1683 – Battle of Vienna

11-12 September – On this day

The Battle of Vienna took place in Vienna on the 11th/12th in 1683, after the imperial city of Vienna had been besieged by the Ottoman Empire for two months. Continue reading “1683 – Battle of Vienna”

1697 – Battle of Zenta

11 September – On this day

The Battle of Zenta, fought on this day in 1697 just south of Zenta (Serbian: Senta; then part of the Ottoman Empire; today in Serbia), on the east side of the Tisa river, was a major engagement in the Great Turkish War (1683–1699) and one of the most decisive defeats in Ottoman history. Continue reading “1697 – Battle of Zenta”

1638 – Louis XIV of France is born

5 September – On this day

Louis XIV was born on in the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. Continue reading “1638 – Louis XIV of France is born”

1666 – Great Fire of London begins

2 September – On the day

The Great Fire of London breaks out in the house of a baker on Pudding Lane near London Bridge. Continue reading “1666 – Great Fire of London begins”

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