1590s

1590

MAGICK AND THE OCCULT:
North Berwick witches' coven attempts to sink King James' ship.

1591

1592

WEIRD SCIENCE:
The "Phiri Rhis Map" is drawn which shows the coastline of Africa and South America accurate to within a .5 degree of longitude. The map clearly shows features of the earth that nobody should have known in the late 16th century. On the map he wrote that he had borrowed and copied from 20 earlier ancient maps. Some of the maps dating back to Alexander the Great and older. Without an accurate timepiece there was no way to figure longitude on a sailing ship. It wasn't until 1790 that the first accurate marine timepiece was invented.

1593

FOLKLORE:
England, London: A "flying dragon" surrounded by flames was seen over the city.

1594

1595

1596

1597

1598

FOLKLORE:
French authorities arrested Jacques Roulet, a beggar, after they found him crouched in a bush and covered with blood from the badly mutilated nearby body of a 15-year-old boy. In his confession Roulet said he had slain the youth while a werewolf, a state he entered via the application of ointment.

1599


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