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The 1580s decade ran from January 1, 1580, to December 31, 1589.
Events and trends
- The 'Golden Age' of Literature in England began.
- The eighth and last French War of Religion started, and that war would end ten years later by the Peace of Vervins and the Edict of Nantes.
- Sir Humphrey Gilbert claimed Newfoundland as England's first overseas colony in 1583.
- Francis Drake had come back from going around the world, bringing back with him many treasures.
- Jesuits arrived in China.
- Queen Elizabeth I of England complained that there were too many "blackamoores" competing with needy English people for places as domestic servants.