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Economics and technology, 1450-1600


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1401
First publicly controlled bank founded in Barcelona
1450s
Enclosing common land for sheep becomes more common in central England
1460
First stock exchange set up in Antwerp
1500
European population returns to pre-Black Death level of 80 million
1556
Georgius Agricola publishes De re metallica, a major treatise on mining
1557
Spain declares bankruptcy for the first time
1572
Grain exports from Poland ten times what they had been a century earlier
1580s
Dutch ship builders invent fluyt
1590s
Workhouse for the able bodied poor opens in Amsterdam
1600
Grain prices four to seven times what they had been a century earlier
1601-3
Russian Famine ends with around two million dead, a third of all Russian people.