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1493 in History

Events in History

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 1st sight of manatees by Christopher Columbus

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
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 interestEvent of Interest

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

King of France Charles VIII
King of France
Charles VIII
  • 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 2nd 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. Taíno 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.

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 15 Anne Pierre Adrien duke of Montmorency, marshal of France
  • Jun 5 Justus Jonas, German Protestant theologian and reformer, born in Nordhausen, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1555)
  • Sep 28 Agnolo Firenzuola, Italian poet and litterateur, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1543)
  • Oct 14 Shimazu Tadayoshi, Japanese warlord (d. 1568)
  • Nov 11 Bernardo Tasso, Italian courtier and poet, born in Bergamo, Venice (d. 1569)

Person of interestParacelsus

Nov 11 Paracelsus, Swiss physician and alchemist (Zinc, Laudanum), born in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (d. 1541)

Physician and Alchemist Paracelsus
Physician and Alchemist
  • Nov 12 Bartolomeo Bandinelli, Italian sculptor (d. 1560)

Deaths in History

  • Mar 18 John of Lannoy, Flemish governor/viceroy of Neth/Zealand, dies at 82
  • May 10 Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, Scottish politician
  • Aug 19 Frederick III of Innsbruck, German Emperor (1440-1493), dies at 77
  • Sep 20 Philippe Pot, governor/viceroy of Burgundy, dies