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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1609 AD


January 31: Wisselbank of Amsterdam established


March 12: Bermuda becomes an English colony
March 25: Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co.


April 9: Spain and Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact


June 17: Netherlands, England and France sign 12 year Covenant


July 6: Majesteitsbrief: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of religion
July 9: Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemian protestants freedom of religion
July 10: Catholic German monarchy forms Catholic League
July 20: Emperor Rudolf II grants Silezische protestants freedom of religion
July 28: Admiral George Somers settles in Bermuda


August 8: Venetian senate examines Galileo Galilei's telescope
August 25: Galileo demonstrates his 1st telescope to Venetian lawmakers
August 28: Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay


September 1: Pieter Both sworn in as 1st Governor-General of East Indies


October 12: Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice," published in London
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