Centuries: 16th century - 17th century - 18th century
Decades: 1600s 1610s 1620s 1630s 1640s - 1650s - 1660s 1670s 1680s 1690s 1700s
Years: 1647 1648 1649 1650 1651 - 1652 - 1653 1654 1655 1656 1657
- April 6 - Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp for the Dutch East India Company at the Cape of Good Hope, and founded Cape Town.
- May 18 - Rhode Island passes the first law in North America making slavery illegal.
- June 21 - Inigo Jones, architect\n