European Renaissance and Reformation 1350-1600: World Events Research Article from World Eras

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Esma'il I, Shah of Iran, begins his reign. He establishes Jafari Shia Islam as the state religion and begins to convert the mostly Sunni population to the Shi'ah sect. With his rule also begins the Safavid Empire, which lasts until 1722, the first time since the seventh century that Iran is unified as an independent state.

The enslavement of Africans is introduced into the West Indies to replace the rapidly dying off Native American population, which had been pressed into service. Nicolas de Ovando of Hispaniola imports some Spanish-born blacks for the purpose of using them as slaves.

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