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
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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