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date: 29 Aug
The Battle of Worcester and Charles II’s Escape to France     -  September 3rd 1651  -     The English Civil War, fought over the way and the right to govern the country, amongst other things, had its start and end within two miles of each other – at Worcester. On September 23rd 1642 Prince Rupert, nephew to Charles I and in charge of the Royalist...
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date: 10 Aug
The foundations of Flamsteed House, The Royal Observatory, were laid     -  August 10th 1675  -     In the Seventeenth Century countries and their navies were increasingly sailing the seas in search of new lands, trade, exploration and mapping.  No country wanted to be left behind.  The problem lay in the safety of the sailors and ships as...
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date: 05 Aug
The Mayflower Sets Sail for the New World  -  August 5th 1620  -     The religious turmoil of sixteenth century Britain, the split from Rome under Henry VIII’s Act of Supremacy in 1535, the establishment of the Church of England under Henry, then completed under Elizabeth I and the leanings of the first Stuart King, James I, led to a group of...
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  • American History
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date: 10 Mar
Charles I dissolves Parliament to start his ‘Personal Rule’    - 10th March 1629 -    During the reign of James I Parliament had grown increasingly powerful and was using finance as a way of exerting more and more power over the monarch. However, Charles I was having none of this and, with his steadfast belief in the divine right of kings, that it...
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  • English Civil War
  • Kings & Queens
  • Politics
  • Religion
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date: 24 Nov
Abel Tasman Sights a New Island South of Australia - 24th November 1642 -    in Lutjegast, Netherlands, around 1603, Tasman worked for the Dutch East India Company on anti-smuggling raids and other marine exercises before receiving his first command in 1634. In 1642 he was commissioned to investigate the mysterious Southern land, then called Terra...
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  • 17th Century
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