1552 – Born in Macerata on the 6th of October.
1577 – He filed an application to be a member of a Missionary to India.
1578 – His journey began in March from Lisbon, Portugal.
– He arrived in Goa, a Portuguese Colony, in September and four years later he was dispatched to China.
1582 – Ricci started learning the Chinese language and customs in Macao, a Portuguese trading post in Southern China, and became a rarely seen Western scholar who mastered Chinese classical script.
1583-1589 – Ricci stayed there before having to leave after a new viceroy decided to expel him.
– It was in Zhaoqing, that Ricci composed the first ever map of the world in Chinese.
1595 – Further travels in China saw Ricci reach Nanjing and Nanchang, Tongzhou.
1598 – Reached Beijing on the 7th September.
1610 – Died in Beijing on the 11th of May.