John Locke Timeline

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    John Locke

  • Birth Date

    Birth Date
    John Locke was born on Auguest 29th, 1632, in Wrington, United Kingdom. His parents were Puritans and thought John should have an extensive education.
    He studied at the prestigious Westminster School before moving on to attend Christ Church, Oxford in 1652.
  • Peace of Prague

    Peace of Prague
    The Peace of Prague was a treaty signed on 30 May 1635 between the Habsburg Emperor Ferdinand II and the Electorate of Saxony representing most of the Protestant states of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Colonization in New England

    Colonization in New England
    New England was first settled by the Pilgrims. Shortly after the Mayflower the Puritans settled Massachusetts Bay. Massachusetts Bay became the most influential colony in New England. Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire can trace their beginnings back to it.
  • English Civil War

    English Civil War
    The English Civil War (1642–1651) was between Parliamentarians and Royalists in the Kingdom of England. It was over the countrys choice of government. The English Civil War broke out less than forty years after the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. Elizabeth's death had resulted in the accession of her first cousin twice-removed, King James VI of Scotland, to the English throne as James I of England, creating the first personal union of the Scottish and English kingdoms.
  • Coronation of Charles II

    Coronation of Charles II
    Kinfg Charles II ruled in England from May 29, 1660 – February 6, 1685 and was popularly known as the "Merry Monarch" becuase of his outgoing outlook on the country.
  • Joining Poloitical Affairs

    Joining Poloitical Affairs
    After meeting Lord Ashley, the first Earl of Shaftesbury and later Lord Chancellor of England, Locke decided that political affairs was his calling, Locke and Lord Ashley formed a friendship that drew locke into politics for the rest of his life. he attended Shaftsbury as physicican and advisor. He later drafted Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina and served as secretary for the Board of Trade.
  • The Plague

    The Plague
    Two-thirds of London was evacuated to avoid the Black Plague in 1665. Nearly 70,000 died of the disease in one week. It affected the economy very drastically in London and left some people very poor.
  • Inducted into Royal Society

    Inducted into Royal Society
    John Locke made a lot of close friends within the newly formed Royal Society and became a member in 1668. This society was used for improving natural knowledge around the country.
  • Exiled to Holland

    Exiled to Holland
    In 1683, at the age of 50, John Locke went into exile. This was because of his connection to Shaftesbury and criticisms Locke had against King James II. Locke would remain in exile in Holland for five years, and during this time he was able to compose most of his two great works.
  • Returning to England

    Returning to England
    Locke came back to England after the Glorious Revolution in 1689. This was the time that Locke published all his writings be wrote when he was in exile. These writings would contribute to the worlds philosophy and enlightenment ideas.
  • King William's War

    King William's War
    King Williams War was fought between New France and New England along with Native allies before France surrended its remaining land in North America.
  • "Two Treatises of Governent"

    "Two Treatises of Governent"
    In February 1690 Locke's "Two Treatises of Government" appeared. The First Treatise is further aggression on Sir Robert Filmer's Patriarch. The Second Treatise explains Locke's ideas for a more civilized society based on natural rights.
  • "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding"

    "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding"
    "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" is a published article by John Locke concerning the basis of human understanding. It first appeared in 1689 (although dated 1690). The essay was one of the most famous published articles in modern philosophy, and influenced many enlightenment ideas.
  • Sicily Earthquakes

    Sicily Earthquakes
    Mount Etna erupts, causing a devastating earthquake that affects parts of Sicily and Malta. This earthquake affected the southern part of Italy. It destroyed at least 70 towns and cities, seriously affecting an area of 5,600 2,200 square miles and causing the death of about 60,000 people.
  • Commisioner of Trade

    Commisioner of Trade
    Locke was appointed Commissioner of Trade and Plantations in 1696. He held this position until he resigned because of health issues. He held this position for around 4 years.
  • Death Date

    Death Date
    John Locke died on October 28th, 1704. Right before this date, he would earn the title as the Father of liberal philosophy.