"This fruit is like a medlar; it is first green, then yellow and red when it is ripe: if it is not ripe, it will drive a man's mouth awrie with much torment, but when it is ripe, it is as delicious as the apricot."
- Jamestown colonist John Smith, describing his discovery of the persimmon, 1607.
In the year AD 1607...
- English colonists found Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
- A massive tsunami smashes into Bristol, England, wiping away towns and villages, inundating 200 square miles of farmland, and killing at least 2,000 people and thousands of farm animals.
- Susenyos becomes emperor of Ethiopia after defeating the combined armies of Yaqob and Abuna Petros II at the Battle of Gol.
- In the so-called "Flight of the Earls," Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone and Rory O'Donnell, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell flee Ireland for Spain with 90 followers to avoid capture by the English crown, never to return.
- Captain John Smith of the Jamestown Colony is captured by Opechancanough and sent to Chief Powhatan to be executed but is spared at the behest of Pocahontas.
- The Dutch Revolt continues with the Battle of Gibraltar, in which a fleet of 26 Dutch warships under the command of Jacob van Heemskerk surprise and destroy the Spanish fleet anchored in the Bay of Gibralter.
- The Mughal Empire annexes Ahmadnagar.
- Claudio Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo, the oldest surviving opera that is still being performed today, is written and performed for the first time, at the Ducal Palace of Mantua.
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