October 20, 2021

1602 (MDCII in Roman numerals) is a year of the 17th century.


The Dutch East India Company is founded, thus starting a golden age for the Netherlands; Ulisse Aldovrandi publishes the De animalibus insectis; Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to discover Cape Cod. 11 and 12 December: Battle of the Escalade between the Duchy of Savoy and the City of Geneva

North America

Henry IV, King of France, grants the Company of New France a commercial monopoly on the conquered lands in North America. The Company itself is charged with assisting the settlement of 4,000 settlers over a period of 15 years and providing support to Christian missionaries in their work of converting the Indians. March 26 - Captain Bartholomew Gosnold's Concord sails from Falmouth (England) on a mission to explore the coast of Maine. May 15 - Bartholomew Gosnold drops anchor off today's New Bedford, Massachusetts, becoming the first Englishman to set foot in New England. June 16 - Gosnold abandons his attempt to colonize New England and returns in his Concord to England.




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