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"The Code Michau of 1629 did not completely eliminate the Sorbonne's participation in the business of censorship. The Doctors of Theology of the Sorbonne could still be called upon to screen religious publications; however, the Chancellery was given control over censorship." --The Reinvention of Obscenity (2002), Joan DeJean

Publication of The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
Publication of The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The 1620s decade ran from January 1, 1620, to December 31, 1629.


Art and culture

Events and trends

Major ongoing events

  • Age of Exploration (1419 – c.Early 17th Century): Though mankind's cartographical knowledge of the world was still imperfect, it had come a long way since Christopher Columbus re-discovered the Americas in 1492 (about 500 years after the Vikings, the first Europeans to discover the Continent of North America). It was during this Decade in which European Explorers such as John Smith, François Thijssen, Étienne Brûlé, Willem Janszoon, David Kirke, and William Baffin thrived. Important discoveries made during this decade included the discovery of the southern coast of Australia by François Thijssen of Holland and French explorer Étienne Brûlé's discovery (or then at least the first sighting of it by a European) of Lake Superior.
Another figure, though not an explorer per se, who explored an area unknown to Europeans was Portugese Jesuit missionary Estêvão Cacella. He recorded his travel through and stay at the Himalayan country of Bhutan during his mission to Tibet.
However even in this increasingly globalizing age, most of Australia and the Pacific Islands would remain isolated from the rest of the world for the next century and a half.

1620s in fiction and popular culture

Significant people

World leaders

Important personalities

Contemporaries yet to gain fame

Asterisks indicate that individual became well known posthumously.

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