1590 - 1600

1595 Shakespeare writes Romeo & Juliet

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1601- 1610

1601

English Poor Law Act passed

First use of fruit juice as a preventative for scurvy by James Lancaster

East India Company founded

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1603

March 24: Death of Elizabeth I: union of Scottish and English crowns under King James VI of Scots and I of England (d. 1625)

1605

Gunpowder plot

1606

April 12: Adoption of Union Jack as the flag of "Great Britain"

The London Company chartered to colonise Virginia

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1607

Flight of the Earls leading Ulster families go into exile

1610

James VI & I established the Episcopal Church in Scotland- Presbyterians persecuted and many of their records lost

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