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1650s

The 1650s decade ran from January 1, 1650, to December 31, 1659.

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February 2, 1653: New Amsterdam is incorporated.

Events

1650

January–June

July–December

Date unknown

1651

January–June

July–December

Date unknown

1652

January–June

April 6: Jan van Riebeeck establishes Cape Town

July–December

1653

January–June

July–December

Date unknown

1654

January–June

July–December

1655

January–June

July–December

Date unknown

  • Stephan Farffler, a 22-year-old paraplegic watchmaker, built the world's first self-propelling chair on a three-wheel chassis using a system of cranks and cogwheels. However, the device had an appearance of a hand bike more than a wheelchair since the design included hand cranks mounted at the front wheel.
  • The Bibliotheca Thysiana is erected, the only surviving 17th century example in the Netherlands, of a building designed as a library.
  • A plague outbreak kills 20 people in Malta.

1656

January–June

July–December

Undated

1657

January–June

July–December

Date unknown

1658

January–June

July–December

Date unknown

  • Portuguese traders are expelled from Ceylon by Dutch invaders.
  • The Dutch in the Cape Colony start to import slaves from India and South-East Asia (later from Madagascar).

1659

January–June

July–December

Date unknown

  • First British colonists arrive on Saint Helena.
  • Spanish Infanta Maria Theresa brings cocoa to Paris.
  • Diego Velázquez's portrait of Infanta Maria Theresa is first exhibited.
  • Thomas Hobbes publishes De Homine.
  • Parisian police raid a monastery, sending monks to prison for eating meat and drinking wine during Lent.
  • Drought occurs in India.
  • Peter Swink, the first known non-white settler to own land in Massachusetts, and first known African to live in Springfield, Massachusetts, arrives. He holds a seat in the town meetings.

Births

1650

1651

1652

1653

1654

1655

1656

1657

1658

1659

Deaths

1650

1651

1652

1653

1654

1655

1656

1657

1658

1659

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