Historical Events in 1493

Columbus Sights Manatees

Jan 9 1st sight of manatees by Christopher Columbus

  • Jan 12 Last day for all Jews to leave Sicily
  • Jan 16 Christopher Columbus leaves the New World and sets sail for Spain
  • Jan 19 France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain by treaty of Barcelona
  • Mar 15 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World
  • Apr 15 -20/4] Columbus meets with the Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II in Barcelona
  • May 4 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal

Event of Interest

May 23 King Charles VIII & Maximilian I of Austria sign Peace of Senlis

  • Aug 19 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I becomes Archduke of Austria
  • Sep 9 Battle of Krbava field, a decisive defeat of Croats in Croatian struggle against the Ottoman Empire invasion.
  • Sep 24 Christopher Columbus embarks on his second expedition to the New World, setting sail with a fleet of 17 ships
  • Nov 3 Christopher Columbus 'discovers' the island of Dominica, which was originally inhabited by the Kalinago
  • Nov 11 Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers Saba
  • Nov 19 Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico, on his 2nd voyage
  • Nov 27 Christopher Columbus returns to La Navidad colony, finding it destroyed by the 1st native American uprising against Spanish rule. TaĆ­no cacique Caonabo led his people to attack the settlement after the brutal treatment they received from the garrison who disobeyed Columbus's orders.
  • Dec 23 Georg Alt's German translation of Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle is published.