1626: Genocide & strategic hamlets in Americas. Spanish on Formosa.

In 1626 we can start to see many enduring aspects of the takeover by European colonial projects of many parts of the world. In the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, English and French settlers joined hands to plan and commit a genocide of the indigenous Kalinago people. In North America, a Dutch trader paid in … Continue reading 1626: Genocide & strategic hamlets in Americas. Spanish on Formosa.

1625: Successions in Netherlands, England. English investor acquires Barbados.

1625 CE was a year of transition in England, where King James I died in late March, and Netherlands, where Prince/Stadtholder Maurice of Nassau died in late April. Maurice’s role had been foundational to the emergence of a coherent, separate polity in Netherlands. In the months after these deaths, Dutch naval forces undertook serious assaults … Continue reading 1625: Successions in Netherlands, England. English investor acquires Barbados.

1624: Four European colonialisms roil the world; France waits in wings

Lower down in today’s bulletin I’ll provide a quick overview of how, in 1624 CE, the four big European colonialisms– in chronological order, Portugal, Spain, England, and Netherlands– were roiling the world and what was happening in France that showed it to be on the brink of a big eruption of the same maladie de … Continue reading 1624: Four European colonialisms roil the world; France waits in wings

1623: Dutch beat English in East Indies showdown.

In 1623, by far the most important development in imperial geopolitics was a confrontation the officials of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) had in Amboyna (Ambon) in the Spice Islands with the handful of English East India Company (EIC) officials there. After a torture-based kangaroo-court trial of all the local EIC officials, the VOC … Continue reading 1623: Dutch beat English in East Indies showdown.

1622: Powhatans strike back at ‘Jamestown’. Dutch take on China (& Portugal), without success. And much more.

1622 CE was a huge year in geopolitics. A lot of what happened this year had to do with the very long-drawn-out deterioration of the Portuguese empire’s position on the fringes of the Indian Ocean. I’ll try to keep each entry here brief. Here’s the main Table of Contents. Scroll on down to what interests … Continue reading 1622: Powhatans strike back at ‘Jamestown’. Dutch take on China (& Portugal), without success. And much more.

1621: Dutch erupt further onto world scene. Succession in Spain.

The major geopolitical development in 1621 CE was the end of the Twelve Years Truce that Spain and the United Provinces of the Netherlands concluded at Antwerp in April 1609. The Dutch were ready to take advantage of the new freedom of action this afforded them on the world scene and launched a Dutch West … Continue reading 1621: Dutch erupt further onto world scene. Succession in Spain.

1620: The Mayflower. Imperial change in China. Etc.

Today marks my successful completion of the first 100 days/years of this project! I have learned a huge amount so far by doing this– and yes, I feel I’ve also been getting my writing-well-to-deadline chops back again. (I’ll be working on another “What I’ve learned to date” longform article soon. Did you see my earlier … Continue reading 1620: The Mayflower. Imperial change in China. Etc.

1619: Slavery & ‘democracy’ arrive in Virginia. New Dutch base in E. Indies. Etc…

The year 1619 CE is commonly thought of here in the United States as the year slavery first “arrived” in one of the country’s constituent colonies, which in some sense is true. But it is definitely thought-provoking that 1619 is also hailed as marking the (re-)birth of “representative government” in the exact same colonial settlement– … Continue reading 1619: Slavery & ‘democracy’ arrive in Virginia. New Dutch base in E. Indies. Etc…

1618: Political machinations in Netherlands. A defenestration in Prague.

Well, I am so glad I made a strategic decision yesterday not to pay too much attention in my work on this project to the minutiae of developments within land-based empires. Because this year, 1618 CE, an event happened in Prague that launched the extremely complex series of Central European conflicts that became known ever … Continue reading 1618: Political machinations in Netherlands. A defenestration in Prague.