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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1494 AD

January

January 1: Juw Dekama elected potentate of Frisia
January 25: Alfonso II replaces his father as king of Naples

May

May 3: Columbus discovers Jamaica
May 3: Jamaica discovered by Columbus; he names it "St. Iago"
May 4: Christopher Columbus lands in Jamaica
May 5: On 2nd voyage to New World, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica

June

June 7: Treaty of Tordesillas, Spain and Portugal divide America

November

November 8: Uprising against Piero de' Medici in Florence Italy
November 9: Family de' Medici become rulers of Florence
November 18: French king Charles VIII occupies Florence
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