Historical Events in December 1492

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Dec 5 Christopher Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus

Historic DiscoverySanta María

Dec 25 Christopher Columbus' flagship the Santa María runs aground and sinks on the north coast of Hispaniola. The crew are left to found a colony as Columbus returns to Spain
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Christopher Columbus aboard his flagship the Santa María in 1492
Christopher Columbus aboard his flagship the Santa María in 1492
  • Dec 26 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas) in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus
  • Dec 31 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily