On This Day

What Happened in November 1493

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Nov 3 Christopher Columbus 'discovers' the island of Dominica, which was originally inhabited by the Kalinago

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Nov 19 Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage
  • Nov 27 Christopher Columbus returns to La Navidad colony, finding it destroyed by the 1st native American uprising against Spanish rule. TaĆ­no cacique Caonabo led his people to attack the settlement after the brutal treatment they received from the garrison who disobeyed Columbus's orders.

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 11 Bernardo Tasso, Italian courtier and poet, born in Bergamo, Venice (d. 1569)

Person of interestParacelsus

Nov 11 Paracelsus, Swiss physician and alchemist (Zinc, Laudanum), born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (d. 1541)

Physician and Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician and Alchemist
Paracelsus
  • Nov 12 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (d. 1560)