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Events in History in 1502

  • Jan 1 Portuguese navigators discover Rio de Janeiro
  • Jan 20 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored
  • Feb 12 Muslims in Granada forced to convert to Catholicism

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Feb 12 Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India

Explorer Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
  • Feb 13 Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres, new Governor of the Indies sets sail for the Indies with fleet of 30 ships, largest-ever fleet to the New World
  • Feb 25 Austrian emperor Maximilian I reformats government machine
  • Mar 11 Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty, crowned Shah of Persia (rules till 1524)

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

May 9 Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his 4th and final trip to the New World

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • May 11 Christopher Columbus begins 4th & last trip to the "Indies"
  • May 21 Portuguese explorer João Da Nova discovers St Helena
  • Jun 10 Crimean Khan defeats the Great Horde in battle near Worskla, leading to disintegration of the Great Horde
  • Jun 19 Emperor Maximilian I and England sign treaty of Antwerp
  • Sep 18 Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th & last voyage
  • Oct 16 Storm ravages Friese coast
  • Oct 30 Vasco da Gama returns to Calicut, India for the second time.
  • Dec 31 Cesare Borgia (son of pope Alexander VI) occupies Urbino