On This Day

What Happened in May 1497

Historical Events

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

May 2 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic

Explorer John Cabot
John Cabot

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

May 10 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

  • May 13 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola