It is believed that Shakespeare created his masterpiece in 1610 or 1611. However, it is hard to judge which data is correct. The evidence shows that the first performance of The Tempest was in November 1611. Moreover, it appears to be one of the last plays ever written by Shakespeare.
There is not much solid evidence stating the exact date of The Tempest‘s creation. However, some of the records about the performances can give us some hints. For example, it is noted that the play was first staged in Court on November 1, 1611. However, we may assume that no one would risk their reputation and show off the play to the king without getting reviews beforehand. Therefore, it is only fair to suggest that The Tempest was already out in public by that time. Besides, the famous shipwreck that happened in late 1610 could have given the inspiration for the play. All the clues point out that it was a possible time when Shakespeare wrote The Tempest.
In fact, it appears to be the last or one of the previous plays that he ever created. What makes it even more remarkable is that there is only one more play that came out as an entirely separate story. Its plot is not related to any other pieces Shakespeare wrote before. The Tempest is full of humor, romance, and magic but highlights some serious and relevant issues at the same time. One of the most important themes of the play is colonialism, represented by the relationship between Prospero and Caliban.