(Anyone else: Skip below if you’re not interested in a capsule history.)
It was more a treatise on the upheaval and chaos of the seventeenth century in Europe. Your shipwreck of 1622 was four years after the start of the Thirty Years War (mostly the German States – started as a religious war and ended as a land-grab in 1648). Then there was the French civil war (when Louis XIV was a minor), and the English civli war (Cromwell and his band of wretched … I need to be polite here), then in 1688 the so-called Bloodless Revolution (I don’t think Monmouth saw it that way), also in England. Tacked on to all that were wars between France and England, and wars where France and England were allies, as well as fighting off the Turks at the very gates of Vienna.
Of course, they started the 18th century with the War of the Spanish Succession and then dealt with the South Sea Bubble in 1720.
The … is irony the right word? … here is that after the South Sea Bubble, there was over 20 years of peace (in Britain), due to one of the most corrupt politicians in British history – Robert Walpole. A very interesting man.
Anyway, it was the 17th century in Europe that was such a conflagration.
The past is a very strange place.