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Year 1616 (MDCXVI) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Monday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar).

Events of 1616

January - June

  • May - The Thomas Overbury Murder Scandal (1615-1616) ends with the conviction of Earl and Countess of Somerset, who were, however, not hanged but imprisoned until 1622 in the Tower of London. Although King James I of England has ordered the investigation of the poet's murder and allowed his former court favorite to be arrested and tried, his court, now under the influence of the Earl of Buckingham (George Villiers) gains the reputation of being corrupt and vile. The royal visit of James's brother-in-law Christian IV, king of Denmark, a notorious soak, adds further scandal.
  • May 3 - The Treaty of Loudun is signed, ending a series of rebellions in France.
  • June 12 - Pocahontas (now Rebecca) arrives in England, with her husband, John Rolfe, their baby son, Thomas Rolfe, her sister Matachanna and brother-in-law "Tomocomo," and the shaman Uttmatomakkin. Ten Powhatan Indians are brought by Sir Thomas Dale, the colonial governor, at the request of the Virginia Company, as a fund-raising stunt. Dale, having been recalled under criticism, writes A True Relation of the State of Virginia, Left by Sir Thomas Dale, Knight, in May last, 1616 in a successful effort to redeem his leadership. Neither Pocahontas or Dale see Virginia again.

July - December





Social Unrest

Exploration and Colonization


  • The Little Ice Age may not have been global but leads to harvest failures in Europe.




See also 1616 births.



See also 1616 deaths.


Further reading

  • Anne Clifford (Author), Katherine O. Acheson (Editor). 2006. The Memoir of 1603 and The Diary of 1616-19. New York: Broadview Press. ISBN 1551113392 (see also: Google Books URL: ).

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