On This Day

What Happened in December 1492

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

Dec 5 Christopher Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)

Santa María

Dec 25 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María runs aground and sinks on the north coast of Hispaniola. The crew are left to found a colony as Columbus returns to Spain

  • Dec 26 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti)
  • Dec 31 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily