What happened in the 18th century ?

# The Enlightenment
# Scientific discovery and early Industrial Revolution. See the History of Science and Technology.
# American Revolution leading to United States declaration of independence in 1776 and Constitution in 1789.
# Rosetta stone is found by Napoleon's troops in 1799.
# Wars of Empire between Great Britain, France, Spain, Austria.
# 1707 - The Kingdom of Great Britain is formed
# 1715 - Louis XIV dies
# 1750 - peak of the Little Ice Age
# 1770s - James Cook's explorations
# 1786 - On behalf of the British East India Company, Francis Light acquires the island of Penang from the Sultan of Kedah- the first British colony in South-East Asia.
# 1788 - First European settlement established in Australia
# 1789 - The French Revolution

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