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  1. Chinoiserie becomes the new craze in Europe, after Jesuit reports of the Chinese civilization. The French scientist Denis Papin, while professor of mathematics at Marburg, develops the first steam engine to use a piston. The Church of Scotland finally wins recognition as an independent Presbyterian body.

  2. It was in the 17th century that the Dutch, the French, and the English began trying to fill out the map of the known oceans. Islands and coastlines were added to sailing charts almost on an annual basis. By the mid-18th century all the world’s shorelines not bound by sea ice, with fairly minor exceptions, were charted.

  3. Timeline: 1631 to 1640 1631 The English build a fort on the northern "Gold Coast" in Western Africa . 1631 The Republic of Venice, a maritime power, has been declining, exacerbated by the bubonic plague killing almost 500,000 people. The government responds with a church built for Our Lady of Health and Deliverance – Madonna della Salute.

  4. The collection of Dutch seventeenth-century paintings in the National Gallery of Art includes works by well-known masters of the period, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Aelbert Cuyp . Now numbering more than 150 paintings, the collection comprises examples of the portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, marine ...

  5. This paper compares the fashions of women in 17th century France to those of women living in New France. For the purposes of this paper, New France includes the Caribbean islands that France colonized as well as the Louisiana Purchase which spanned fifteen current U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. Through the study of…show more content…

  6. Please note that though there wasn't a distinction made in the 17th century between the different layers of skirts (they were all called petticoat), I make a distinction for clarification between over-skirt or petticoat and under-skirt or petticoat. 1660. She wears a coif and bodice, linen kerchief tucked into the neck.

  7. The plague wasn’t the only cause of mass death and suffering in medieval Europe. Between 1315 and 1317 (with the aftermath lasting over a decade), excessively wet summers caused bad crops and a devastating famine. 10% to 15% of Europe’s population died in the famine. Shutterstock 27. No Joke