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What Happened in 1513

Historical Events

  • Mar 27 Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida
  • Apr 2 Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain as the first known European to reach Florida
  • Jun 6 Battle of Novara, the War of the League of Cambrai: the Swiss Confederacy defeat the French
  • Aug 16 Battle of the Spurs at Guinegate (now Eguinegatte): Henry VIII of England and Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I beat France
  • Sep 9 Battle of Flodden Fields; English defeat James IV of Scotland
  • Sep 23 King Henry III & Emperor Maximilian conquer Doornik
  • Sep 25 Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crosses the Panama Isthmus becoming first European to see the Pacific Ocean
  • Oct 7 Battle of La Motta: Spanish troops under Ramón de Cardona defeat the Venetians.

Famous People Born in 1513

  • Feb 14 Domenico Maria Ferrabosco, Italian composer & singer of the Renaissance, born in Bologna (d. 1574)
  • Jul 9 John van Hembyze, Flemish Calvinist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1584)
  • Jul 20 Gaspar Schetz, Dutch treasurer-general, born in Antwerp (d. 1580)
  • Sep 24 Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden, born in Ratzeburg, Germany (d. 1535)
  • Oct 30 Jacques Amyot, French humanist, translator and Abbot of Bellozanne, born in Melun (d. 1593)

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