Historical Events in 1497

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  • Jan 6 Jews are expelled from Graz in Styria, Austria
  • Feb 25 Italians troops reconquer Taranto on France

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Mar 9 Nicolaus Copernicus' 1st recorded astronomical observation

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

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May 2 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic

Explorer John Cabot
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John Cabot

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May 10 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

  • May 13 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola
  • Jun 17 Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat Cornish rebels led by Michael An Gof
  • Jun 22 Antitax insurrection in Cornwall suppressed at Blackheath
  • Jun 24 John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he has found Asia in Nova Scotia)
  • Jun 24 Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London

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Jul 8 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, becoming the 1st European to reach India by sea

Explorer Vasco da Gama
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Vasco da Gama
  • Jul 26 "Edward IV's son" Perkin Warbeck's army lands in Cork
  • Aug 6 Italian explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from North America (Newfoundland) - first European to do so since the Vikings
  • Aug 10 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to "Asia"
  • Sep 7 Flemish pretender Perkin Warbeck acclaimed as English King Richard IV on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall
  • Nov 18 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope
  • Nov 22 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India
  • Dec 16 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama is 1st European to sail along Africa's East Coast, names it Natal