Postcolonial Literature

A timeline of postcolonial and colonial, literatures, discourses and the social and political events that contextualise them.

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1492-04-04 17:38:29

Columbus sails from Palos, Spain

(3rd August); discovers Watling Island in Bahamas (12th October); Cuba (18th October); Haiti (6th December)

1595-04-04 17:38:29

Dutch begin to colonize East Indies

1596-04-04 17:38:29

Jin Ping Mei - early Chinese novel

Composed during the late Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The author took the pseudonym Lanling Xiaoxiao Sheng.

1600-05-08 00:00:00

British East India Company founded

1605-05-08 00:00:00

Pilgrim Fathers, leave Plymouth, England

Onboard the Mayflower, for North America, landing at New Plymouth, Mass., to found Plymouth Colony

1605-05-08 00:00:00

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes (Spain)

Part 1 published, part 2 published 1615.

1649-05-08 00:00:00

England declared a commonwealth

1652-05-08 00:00:00

Dutch establish settlement in Cape Town

1668-05-08 00:00:00

British East India Company takes control of Bombay

1708-07-15 05:56:16

British East India Company and New East India Company merged

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