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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1492 AD

January

January 2: Spain recaptures Granada from the Moors (Granada Day)
January 23: "Pentateuch" (Jewish holy book) 1st printed

March

March 21: Alonzo Pietro, pilot, sailed with Columbus
March 30: King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign decree expelling Jews from Spain
March 31: Queen Isabella of Castilia and Ferdinand of Aragon expels Jews

April

April 17: Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
April 30: Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet
April 30: Spain announces it will expels all Jews

May

May 15: Cheese and Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kills 232 Alkmaarse

August

August 2: Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
August 3: All Jews are expelled from Spain
August 3: Columbus sets sail from Palos, Spain for "Indies"
August 11: Rodrigo de Borja becomes Pope Alexander VI

September

September 6: Columbus' fleet leaves Gomera, Canary islands
September 9: Columbus' fleet sets sail west
September 25: Crewman on Pinta sights "land"-a few weeks early

October

October 2: King Henry VII of England invades France
October 7: Columbus misses Florida when he changed course
October 8: Columbus' fleet about 400 sea miles from Puerto Rico
October 11: Columbus' ships sites land on the horizon (Bahamas)
October 12: Columbus arrives in Bahamas
October 12: Flemish rebel leader Philip van Kleef surrenders
October 13: English Admiral Poynings fleet occupies Lock
October 14: Columbus leaves San Salvador; arrives in Santa Maria of Concepcion
October 16: Columbus' fleet anchors at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas)
October 17: Columbus sights isle of San Salvador (Watling Island, Bahamas)
October 19: Columbus sites "Isabela" (Fortune Island, Bahamas)
October 21: Columbus lands on San Salvador Island
October 21: Columbus' discovers America (Oct 12, 1492 Julian calender)
October 24: 24 Jews are burned at stake in Mecklenburg Germany
October 25: Christopher Columbus and ship Santa Maria land in Dominican Republic
October 25: Columbus' fleet sites "Zandislands" (Ragged Island Range, Bahamas)
October 25: Columbus' ship Santa Maria lands at Dominican Republic
October 26: Columbus' fleet anchors on Ragged Island Range, Bahamas
October 26: Lead pencils 1st used
October 27: Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain

November

November 5: Christopher Columbus learns of maize (corn) from Indians of Cuba
November 9: Peace of Etaples (Henry VII and Charles VIII)
November 15: Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco
November 15: In Spain, 6 Jews and 5 Conversos are accused of using black magic
November 21: Pinta under Martin A Pinzon separates from Columbus' fleet

December

December 5: Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti)
December 6: Haiti discovered by Columbus, at Mole Saint Nicolas
December 25: Columbus' ship Santa Maria docks at Dominican Republic
December 26: 1st Spanish settlement in New World founded, by Columbus
December 31: 100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily
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