Life in the early 1600s

 

  
Life Expectancy

  • The average person would live to only 35 years of age

 

 
Employment

  • 67% of people worked in Agriculture
  • 15% were in Industry
  • 12% of the workforce were employed in services
  • 6% worked in Information/Education/Entertainment/Communications

 

 
Working hours

  • An average worker was expected to work about 80 hours per week

 

 
Farmer’s wage

  • A Farm Labourer could expect to earn about 2 shillings a week

 

 
Cost of a loaf of bread

  • A 2lb standard sized loaf would cost between 1 and 2 pence

 


Wheat Yield

  • Each acre of Wheat would produce 12 bags (or 112lb "hundred weights") of corn.

 

 
Cost of Wheat in Silver

  • 100kg (Two large sacks) would be worth 80 grammes of Silver

 

  
World Gross Domestic Produce per capita ($)

  • Each person would produce about $76 worth of goods in a year

 

  
Cost of Living vs 1275AD

  • The cost of goods and materials (Inflation) was 4 times that of 1275

 


World population

  • Estimated population of the World was 545, 000, 000 people

 


UK Population

  • 4,800,000 people (or .8% of the World Population) lived in Britain

 

 
London population

  • London had a population of 200,000 people (4% of the UK)

 

 
Monarchy and World Leaders

  • 1603 Death of Queen Elizabeth I, to be replaced by King James I (VI of Scotland)
  • 1605 The Monarchy was nearly removed by Guy Fawkes Gunpowder plot
  • 1625 James I dies. His son Charles I takes power.
  • 1649 Charles I is executed at the end of the Civil War

 


Wars

  • 1630 The 30 years war with France begins
  • 1640 Portugal wins independence
  • 1645 Start of the English Civil War

 


Art Culture and Architecture

  • 1605 Don Quixote de la Mancha is the world’s first Novel
  • 1630 Start of the "Renaissance" Period
  • 1643 The mighty Taj Mahal is completed in India
  • 1644 End of the Ming Dynasty

 


Events, Discoveries, and Achievements

  • 1601 East India company founded
  • 1606 The Dutch discover Australia
  • 1610 Galileo sees Jupiter’s moons
  • 1611 King James Bible is published
  • 1616 Shakespeare dies
  • 1620 Mayflower journey to America
  • 1627 Iceland is attacked by Algerian pirates
  • 1642 Tasman sights New Zealand

 


Laws

  • 1601 English Poor Act
  • 1624 Monopoly Act

 


Inventions

  • 1606 The Telescope
  • 1628 Blood Circulation is understood for the first time

 


Disasters

  • None. Everyone was busy dying by every other mean!

 

 

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