What Happened in October 1492

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 King Henry VII of England invades France

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Oct 7 Columbus misses Florida when he changes course

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 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 Sir Edward 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)

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Oct 25 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María lands at Dominican Republic

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 12 Piero della Francesca, Italian painter