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    (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries

    • Union of the Crowns of Scotland and England
    • Scottish and English Protestants sent to colonize Ireland, as reaction to Catholicism there
    • The English Civil War (1642-1651).
    • The Deluge: series of wars and civil wars in Poland with Sweden, Russia, Prussia and Transylvania which caused Poland to lose power status and began rise of Russia to power status.
    • Antwerp merchants established the Dutch East India Company in 1602, embarking on colonial expansion based on shareholdership rather than royal control
    • The Dutch republic became the dominant economic and political power in Europe. It also underwent crashes, e.g. the windhandel in tulips led to many bankruptcies in 1637
    • Republic of the Seven United Netherlands gains formal independence from Spain in 1648. Dutch merchant ships sail all over the world, leading to a Golden Age in the country, which also shows by the many famous Dutch painters living in this age.
    • Major changes in philosophy and science take place, often characterised as the Scientific revolution.
    Significant people Inventions, Discoveries, Introductions
    • Calculus is invented and used to formulate classical mechanics.
    • Cannon and gunpowder technology refined.
    • First measurement of the speed of light, 1676.
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