29th May 1630

On This Day…
29th May 1630
King Charles II Born
Reigned: 1660 – 1685. Born at St James’s Palace. The son of the beheaded Charles I, he was the king “restored” to the throne after the civil war.
Married Catherine of Braganza in 1662 but she produced no children that survived. Meanwhile, with his many mistresses, including Nell Gwynne and Louise De Keroualle, Charles sired at least 13 illegitimate children. Died Whitehall Palace. Succeeded by his brother James II.
He was a founder member of a company set up for trade with Africa which quickly moved into the slave trade. He invested in the company and bought at least one slave himself.
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