On This Day

What Happened in April 1492

Historical Events


AgreementContract of Interest

Apr 17 Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the "Indies" with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered.

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 30 Christopher Columbus is given royal commission by Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II to equip his fleet to the New World

Queen of Castile Isabella I of Castile
Queen of Castile
Isabella I of Castile
Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Apr 30 Spain announces it will expel all Jews

Famous Birthdays

  • Apr 4 Ambrosius Blarer, German reformer, born in Konstanz, Germany (d. 1564)
  • Apr 11 Marguerite of Navarre, Queen of Navarre, wife of Henry II of Navarre, born in Angoulême, France (d. 1549)

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 9 Lorenzo de' Medici (the Magnificent), leading Florentine statesman and patron of the arts during Florentine Renaissance, dies at 43