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Thursday, 02 July 2020 09:44

Amerigo Vespucci

Profession: Explorer

Nationality: Italian

Why Famous: First person to demonstrate that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus' voyages. Instead, he constituted an entirely separate landmass which was referred to as the New World. This second super continent came to be termed "America", deriving its name from Americus, the Latin version of his first name.

Born: March 9, 1454
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: February 22, 1512 (aged 57)

Monday, 10 May 1497 09:37

May 10, 1497

Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World.

Tuesday, 05 March 1450 09:23

John Cabot

Profession: Explorer

Nationality: Italian

Why Famous: John Cabot is considered the first European to land on the North American Continent since the Vikings.

Cabot rose to prominence as a Venetian merchant who travelled widely. After leaving Venice due to bad debts he reached England in 1495. In 1496 he was granted a royal patent to search for new lands under the flag of England, by King Henry VII.

Cabot departed from the port of Bristol in 1497 aboard his ship the Matthew and reached the coast of what is though to be Newfoundland in June of 1498. He returned to England and was reward by the king.

Cabot set off on another voyage in 1498 but was either unsuccessful or lost at sea.

Thursday, 05 March 1496 09:11

March 5, 1496

English King Henry VII grants John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) a commission to explore for new lands.

Thursday, 02 July 2020 09:00

Treaty of Tordesillas

The treaty signed at Tordesillas in Spain in 1494 between Spain and Portugal divided up newly discovered lands between the two sea-faring powers along a meridian 370 leagues backed up by Papal bulls.

This line stretched pole to pole west of the Verde Islands. Spain was to take all lands to the west, including Christopher Columbus' new discoveries, and Portugal to the east, including the coast of Africa. It later enabled Portugal to claim the coast of Brazil. Other European nations never accepted the treaty or its terms.

Thursday, 07 June 1494 08:53

June 7, 1494

Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa.

Saturday, 06 January 1494 08:45

January 6, 1494

The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.

Saturday, 05 May 1494 08:31

May 5, 1494

On 2nd voyage to New World Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, landing at Discovery Bay.

Monday, 27 November 1493 08:15

November 27, 1493

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.

Wednesday, 15 March 1493 08:06

March 15, 1493

Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.

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