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Events in History in 1541

Victory in battleNew Settlement

Jan 15 King Francis I of France commissions Jean-Francois Roberval to settle the province of New France

  • Feb 12 Santiago, Chile founded (or Feb 24)
  • Feb 24 Santiago, Chile founded by Pedro de Valvidia (or 2/12)
  • Apr 4 Ignatius of Loyola becomes 1st superior-general of Jesuits
  • Apr 7 Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies
  • Apr 25 -26) Liege flooded after heavy down pour

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May 6 King Henry VIII orders a bible in English be placed in every church in England

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Historic DiscoveryHernando de Soto's Expedition lands in Florida

May 8 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition discover the Mississippi River

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Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto lands on the coast of Florida, somewhere between present-day Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor
Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto lands on the coast of Florida, somewhere between present-day Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor
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  • Jun 18 Irish parliament selects Henry VIII of England as King of Ireland
  • Jul 9 Estevão da Gama departs Massawa, leaving behind 400 matchlock men and 150 slaves under his brother Christovão da Gama, with orders to help the Emperor of Ethiopia defeat Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi who has invaded his Empire
  • Aug 18 A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the ancient Japanese province of Higo (modern day Kumamoto Prefecture). (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1541)

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Aug 21 Ottoman Turks under Suleiman the Magnificent capture Buda, the capital of the Hungarian Kingdom and go on to dominate central Hungary for 150 years

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent

DiscoveryVoyage of Discovery

Aug 23 French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • Sep 11 Santiago, Chile, is destroyed by indigenous warriors, lead by Michimalonko

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Oct 31 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting "The Last Judgement" in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo
  • Nov 9 Queen Catherine Howard (Henry VIII's fifth wife) confined in Tower of London
  • Dec 29 Isabella of Poland and King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu