On This Day

What Happened in April 1607

Historical Events

  • Apr 10 The British colonial expedition that would found Jamestown departs Puerto Rico for the American mainland
  • Apr 25 Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish Portuguese fleet
  • Apr 25 Shortly before making landfall in America, Captain Edward Maria Wingfield is named President of the Jamestown governing council
  • Apr 26 Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site

Famous Deaths

  • Apr 15 Cornelius Kilianus, Flemish translator & poet, dies at ~78
  • Apr 25 Don Juan Alvarez, Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
  • Apr 25 Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle