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  • Jan 2nd Muhammad XII. (Boabdil) last Nasird ruler of Moorish fortress Alhambra surrenders to the Catholic Monarchs
  • Jan 16th The first grammar of a modern language, Spanish, is presented to Queen Isabella.
  • Mar 4th King James IV of Scotland concludes an alliance with France against England.
  • Mar 21st Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus
  • Mar 31st Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Aragon issue the Alhambra Decree which expels Jews from their Kingdoms of Castile and Aragon

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Apr 17th Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Apr 30th Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet
  • Apr 30th Spain announces it will expel all Jews
  • May 15th Cheese & Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kill 232 residents of Alkmaar, Netherlands

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