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What Happened in 1497

Important Events in 1497

  • May 10 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)
  • Jun 24 John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he has found Asia in Nova Scotia)
  • Jul 8 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, becoming the 1st European to reach India by sea
  • Aug 10 John Cabot tells King Henry VII of his trip to "Asia"
  • Nov 22 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India

More Historical Events

Famous People Born in 1497

  • Jan 26 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (d. 1557)
  • Feb 15 Philipp Melanchthon, German Protestant
  • Feb 16 Philipp Melanchthon, Germ, Protestant reformer (Augsburgse Confessie)

Famous People in 1497

Famous People Who Died in 1497

  • Feb 6 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 Giovanni Borgia, Duke of Borgia (b. 1474)
  • Jul 22 Francesco Botticini, Italian painter, dies at about 52