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1492Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies

14921st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in New World founded, by Columbus

1492Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain

1492Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco

1492Columbus leaves San Salvador; arrives in Santa Maria of Concepcion (Bahamas)

1492Christopher Columbus' ship Santa Maria lands at Dominican Republic

1492Columbus' fleet sites "Zandislands" (Ragged Island Range, Bahamas)

1492Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas)

1492Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with 3 ships Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"

1492Columbus sites "Isabela" (Fortune Island, Bahamas)

1492Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet

1492Columbus' ship Santa Maria runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola

1492Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas

1492Pinta under Martín Alonso Pinzón separates from Columbus's fleet

1492Columbus misses Florida when he changes course

1492Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World

1492Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba

1492Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)

1492Columbus' fleet leaves Gomera, Canary islands

1492Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct)

1492 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 2
Muhammad XII. (Boabdil) last Nasird ruler of Moorish fortress Alhambra surrenders to the Catholic Monarchs 
Jan 16
The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella. 
Mar 4
King James IV of Scotland concludes an alliance with France against England. 
Mar 21
Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus 
Mar 31
Queen Isabella & King Ferdinand of Aragon issue Alhambra Decree expelling Jews from Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon 
Apr 17
Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies 
Apr 30
Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet 
Apr 30
Spain announces it will expels all Jews 
May 15
Cheese & Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kill 232 residents of Alkmaar, Netherlands 
Aug 3
Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with 3 ships Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies" 
Aug 11
Rodrigo de Borja becomes Pope Alexander VI 
Aug 12
Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World 
Sep 6
Columbus' fleet leaves Gomera, Canary islands 
Sep 25
Crewman on Pinta sights "land"-a few weeks early 
Oct 2
King Henry VII of England invades France 
Oct 7
Columbus misses Florida when he changes course 
Oct 8
Columbus' fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico 
Oct 12
Flemish rebel leader Philip van Kleef surrenders 
Oct 12
Christopher Columbus's expedition makes landfall on Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia (OS 21 Oct) 
Oct 13
English admiral Poynings fleet occupies Lock 
Oct 14
Columbus leaves San Salvador; arrives in Santa Maria of Concepcion (Bahamas) 
Oct 16
Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas) 
Oct 19
Columbus sites "Isabela" (Fortune Island, Bahamas) 
Oct 24
24 Jews are burned at the stake in Mecklenburg, Germany 
Oct 25
Columbus' fleet sites "Zandislands" (Ragged Island Range, Bahamas) 
Oct 25
Christopher Columbus' ship Santa Maria lands at Dominican Republic 
Oct 26
Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas 
Oct 26
Lead pencils first used 
Oct 28
Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain 
Nov 5
Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba 
Nov 7
The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. 
Nov 9
Peace of Etaples (Henry VII of England & Charles VIII of France) 
Nov 15
Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco 
Nov 15
In La Guardia, Spain, 6 Jews & 5 Conversos are accused of ritual murder 
Nov 22
Pinta under Martín Alonso Pinzón separates from Columbus's fleet 
Dec 5
Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti) 
Dec 25
Columbus' ship Santa Maria runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola 
Dec 26
1st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in New World founded, by Columbus 
Dec 31
100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily 
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