Historical Events in 1488

Historic Discovery

Feb 3 Bartolomeu Dias and his crew are the first Europeans to land on South African soil at Mossel Bay (east of modern Cape Town)

  • Feb 5 Roman Catholic German Emperor Maximilian I caught in Belgium
  • Jun 11 Battle of Sauchieburn, rebellion against the Scottish crown results in death of King James III

Coronation of James IV

Jun 24 James IV is crowned King of Scotland at Scone Abbey in Scone, aged 15

  • Dec 15 Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming 1st known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope