On This Day

What Happened in November 1493

Historical Events

Historic Discovery

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

  • Nov 11 Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba
  • 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)

Paracelsus

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

  • Nov 12 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (d. 1560)