15th Century

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The 15th Century was the end of the Middle Ages in Europe and the time when the Renaissance had spread to the whole of Europe. The Geocentric theory of the Ancient Greek philosopher Ptolemy was re-introduced into Europe. Niccolò Machiavelli was born.

Printing on paper with movable type also started in Europe. This made Books and other written material easier to get, encouraged people to Learn to read, it also increased Knowledge and stimulated Science. The Ottoman Empire expanded in Eastern Europe. Jews were Expelled from many parts of Europe. [1]

The 15th Century was also the time when Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Europeans discovered the Americas and independence for many indigenous Americans ended.


  1. 15th Century, 1401 to 1500

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