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Year 1616 (MDCXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar).

Events of 1616


  • May – The Thomas Overbury Murder Scandal (1615–1616) ends with the conviction of Earl and Countess of Somerset, who were, however, not hanged but imprisoned until 1622 in the Tower of Londonmarker. Although King James I of England has ordered the investigation of the poet's murder and allowed his former court favorite to be arrested and tried, his court, now under the influence of the Earl of Buckingham (George Villiers) gains the reputation of being corrupt and vile. The royal visit of James's brother-in-law Christian IV, king of Denmarkmarker, a notorious soak, adds further scandal.
  • May 3 – The Treaty of Loudun is signed, ending a series of rebellions in France.
  • June 12Pocahontas (now Rebecca) arrives in Englandmarker, with her husband, John Rolfe, their baby son, Thomas Rolfe, her sister Matachanna and brother-in-law "Tomocomo," and the shaman Uttmatomakkin. Ten Powhatan Indians are brought by Sir Thomas Dale, the colonial governor, at the request of the Virginia Company, as a fund-raising stunt. Dale, having been recalled under criticism, writes A True Relation of the State of Virginia, Left by Sir Thomas Dale, Knight, in May last, 1616 in a successful effort to redeem his leadership. Neither Pocahontas or Dale see Virginia again.





Social Unrest Exploration and Colonization Climate
  • The Little Ice Age may not have been global but leads to harvest failures in Europe.


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See also :Category:1616 deaths.


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  2. Jehângïr's period of stay at Ajmer was from 5 Shawwäl 1022 to 1 Zil-qä'da 1025 equivalent to November 8, 1613 to October 31, 1616.
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  8. Rozina Visram. Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History. Pluto Press. 504 pp. (ISBN 0745313736)
  9. From an etching in the Guerre de Beauté, a series of six etchings depicting a celebration which took place in Florence in the year 1616 in honor of the prince of Urbino.
  10. Timothy Bratton. 1988. Identity of the New England Indian Epidemic of 1616-1619. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 62(3): 352–383.
  11. Virginia Bernhard. 1999. Slaves and Slaveholders in Bermuda, 1616-1782. Columbia, University of Missouri Press.
  12. Sidney W. Mintz. 1986. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.
  13. Source: Robbins, Russell Hope. The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. New York: Bonanza Books, 1959.
  14. Engel Sluiter. 1949. The Fortification of Acapulco, 1615-1616. The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 69–80.
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  16. Clive A. Spinage. 2003. Cattle plague: a history. New York: Springer. ISBN 0306477890.
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  18. Henry F. Dobyns. 1993. Disease Transfer at Contact. Annual Review of Anthropology, 22: 273–291.
  19. Searles, Colbert (1925) "Allusions to the Contemporary Theater of 1616" by Francois Rosset. Modern Language Notes, 40(8): 481–483.

Further reading

  • Anne Clifford (Author), Katherine O. Acheson (Editor). 2006. The Memoir of 1603 and The Diary of 1616-19. New York: Broadview Press. ISBN 1551113392 (see also: Google Books URL: ).

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