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17th century timeline
The Yoruba develop an extensive empire centred on Oyo in southern Nigeria
Beaded crown of a Yoruba ruler
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
William Gilbert, physician to Queen Elizabeth, concludes that the earth is a magnet and coins the term 'magnetic pole'
A performance in the Oratory in Rome, with music by Emilio de' Cavalieri, is in effect the first oratorio
Britain's East India Company is established when Elizabeth I grants a charter to a 'Company of Merchants trading into the East Indies'
Electricity is given its name (in the Latin phrase
) by the English physician, William Gilbert
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