On This Day

What Happened in May 1497

Historical Events

Historic Expedition

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

Voyage of Discovery

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

  • May 13 Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Italian Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola (urged the expulsion of the Medici's from Florence)