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A Museum of World History: 1600-1699 (Level 4: No hints)
What story does the world tell itself about this time period?
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1687 Newton. Isaac Newton's "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy" explains why objects in space and on earth move the way they do.
1680 Basho. Munefusa begins using the pen name "Basho."
1664 Moliere's comedy "Tartuffe" opens in Paris.
1662 Koxinga The soldiers of Qing emperor Kangxi break the siege of Nanjing led by Ming loyalist Koxinga.
1657 Vermeer begins painting scenes of Dutch daily life.
1656 Velasquez paints "Las Meninas."
1652 Cape Town The Dutch settle Cape Town and begin destruction of ancient south African cultures.
1648 Taj Mahal. Workers finish the Taj Mahal.
1648 Thirty Years War kills 8 million.
1644 Zhu Yongzhian. The last Ming emperor, Zhu Yongzhian, hangs himself.
1642 Rembrandt finishes "The Night Watch."
1638 Rubens paints "The Consequences of War."
1637 Descartes writes, "Je pense, donc je suis."
1626 St. Peter's Basilica. Workers finish building St. Peter's Basilica.
1609 Galileo uses his telescope to observe the night sky.
1605 Cervantes publishes "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha."
1603 Caravaggio paints "The Entombment."
1600 Beijing has a population of as many as one million, making it one of the largest cities in the world.
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