Historical Markers of the Little Ice Age
The Dutchman Pieter Bruegel paints The Hunters in the Snow. His winter scenes are inspired by extreme weather.
1603 to 1606
William Shakespeare writes King Lear, one of his many plays that dwell on storms and other foul weather.
1607 to 1608
European settlers in North America report that ice persists on Lake Superior until June.
England holds its first recorded “frost fair” on the frozen River Thames.
Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, writes The Storm—inspired by the Great Storm of 1703, one of the most ferocious to strike England.
The Great Frost leads to bad harvests, starvation, and disease across Europe. Millions die.
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By Doug Peterson