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What Happened on April 17, 1492

Historical Events


AgreementContract of Interest

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

1492 Highlights

About April 17, 1492

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 528 years, 1 month and 9 days
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Aries