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Making History Relevant

By YvesM
  • Period: Jan 1, 1347 to Jan 1, 1351

    The Black Death in Europe

  • Jan 1, 1402

    Spanish empire begins with the invasion of the Canary Islands

    Spanish empire begins with the invasion of the Canary Islands
  • Jan 1, 1418

    Portuguese began systematically exploring the Atlantic coast of Africa

    Portuguese began systematically exploring the Atlantic coast of Africa
  • Jan 1, 1440

    Gutenberg’s Printing Press

    Gutenberg’s Printing Press
  • Jan 1, 1441

    First consignment of slaves to Portugal

    First consignment of slaves to Portugal
    First consignment of slaves brought to Lisbon (Portugal)
  • May 29, 1453

    Fall of Constantinople

    Fall of Constantinople
  • Jan 1, 1469

    Strabo’s Geographica first appeared in Rome

    Strabo’s Geographica first appeared in Rome
  • Sep 28, 1480

    Spanish inquisition

    Spanish inquisition
    Under Ferdinand and Isabel, the Spanish inquisition became independent of Rome. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms, and to replace the Medieval Inquisition which was under Papal control. The Inquisition was originally intended in large part to ensure the orthodoxy of those who converted from Judaism and Islam. Blog
  • Oct 12, 1492

    Christopher Colombus discovered America

    Christopher Colombus discovered America
    Columbus sailed for King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella of Spain. On his first trip, Columbus led an expedition with three ships, the Niña (captained by Vicente Yáñez Pinzon), the Pinta (owned and captained by Martin Alonzo Pinzon), and the Santa Maria (captained by Columbus), and about 90 crew members. They set sail on Aug. 3, 1492 from Palos, Spain, and on October 11, 1492, spotted the Caribbean islands off southeastern North America. They landed on an island they called Guanahani, but Columb
  • Period: Sep 25, 1493 to Jun 11, 1496

    The Second Trip of Columbus

    On a second, larger expedition (Sept. 25, 1493-June 11, 1496), sailed with 17 ships and 1,200 to 1,500 men to find gold and capture Indians as slaves in the Indies. Columbus established a base in Hispaniola and sailed around Hispaniola and along the length of southern Cuba. He spotted and named the island of Dominica on November 3, 1493.
  • Jun 7, 1494

    Treaty of Tordesillas

    Treaty of Tordesillas
    To prevent a war with Portugal, a Treaty of Tordesillas)was signed in 1494 between the Portuguese and Spanish monarchs, dividing the world into two regions of exploration
  • Nov 22, 1497

    Vasco da Gama rounded Africa's Cape of Good Hope

    Vasco da Gama rounded Africa's Cape of Good Hope
  • May 20, 1498

    Vasco da Gama reached Calicut, India

    Vasco da Gama reached Calicut, India
  • Period: May 30, 1498 to Oct 1, 1500

    Third Trip of Columbus

    On a third expedition (May 30, 1498-October 1500), Columbus sailed farther south, to Trinidad and Venezuela (including the mouth of the Orinoco River). Columbus was the first European since the Viking Leif Ericsson to set foot on the mainland of America.
  • Apr 22, 1500

    The Portuguese reached Brazil

    The Portuguese reached Brazil
    By an accidental landfall on the South American coast for some, by the crown's secret design for others, Pedro Álvares Cabral discovered Brazil.
  • Period: May 9, 1502 to Nov 7, 1504

    The Fourth Trip of Columbus

    On his fourth and last expedition (May 9, 1502 - Nov. 7, 1504), Columbus sailed to Mexico, Honduras and Panama (in Central America) and Santiago (Jamaica). Columbus is buried in eastern Hispaniola (now called the Dominican Republic).
  • Feb 29, 1504

    The Lunar Eclipse that Saved Christopher Columbus

    The Lunar Eclipse that Saved Christopher Columbus
    Christopher Columbus, in a desperate effort to induce the natives of Jamaica to continue provisioning him and his hungry men, successfully intimidated the natives by correctly predicting a lunar eclipse for February 29, 1504, using the Ephemeris of the German astronomer Regiomontanus.
    A total lunar eclipse occurred on March 1, 1504 (visible on the evening of February 29 in the Americas).
    See <a href='http://makinghistoryrelevant.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/1504-the-lunar-eclipse-that-saved-christo
  • Period: Jan 1, 1509 to Jan 1, 1547

    Henry Vlll

  • Oct 31, 1517

    The Protestant Reformation

    [Blog](The Protestant Reformation)
  • Period: Sep 8, 1519 to Sep 6, 1522

    Magellan: first expedition that sailed around the Earth

    Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition that sailed around the Earth (1519-1522
  • Period: Jan 1, 1524 to

    European wars of religion

    [Blog](1653)
  • Apr 22, 1529

    Treaty of Zaragoza

    Treaty of Zaragoza
    Treaty of Zaragoza, which specified the antimeridian to the line of demarcation specified in the Treaty of Tordesillas of 1494
  • Jan 1, 1532

    Spanish Conquest of the Incas

    Spanish Conquest of the Incas
  • Jul 21, 1542

    Roman Inquisition

    Roman Inquisition
    Pope Paul III established, in 1542, a permanent congregation staffed with cardinals and other officials, whose task was to combat the spread of Protestantism in Italy, to maintain and defend the integrity of the faith and to examine and proscribe errors and false doctrines. Blog
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Nicolaus Copernicus presented his heliocentric theory of the universe

    Nicolaus Copernicus presented his heliocentric theory of the universe
    Nicolaus Copernicus presented the heliocentric theory of the universe in his book “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres” in
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Andreas Vesalius’s “On the Fabric of the Human body”

    Andreas Vesalius’s “On the Fabric of the Human body”
  • Period: Jan 1, 1560 to

    The Counter-Reformation

  • Giordano Bruno burned at the stake

    Giordano Bruno burned at the stake
    Giordano Bruno had the audacity to go beyond Copernicus, and, dared to suggest, that space was boundless and that the sun and its planets were but one of any number of similar systems. For such blasphemy, Bruno was tried before the Inquisition, condemned and burned at the stake in 1600.
  • Galileo is sentenced to prison

    Galileo is sentenced to prison
    April 1633 Galileo is interrogated before the Inquisition. Galileo agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence. He declares that the Copernican case was made too strongly in his book Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, and offers to refute it in another book.
    June 22, 1633 Galileo is sentenced to prison for an indefinite term. Blog
  • The Great Plague of London

    The Great Plague of London
    The Great Plague of London in 1665 was the last in a long series of plague epidemics that first began in London in June 1499. The Great Plague killed between 75,000 and 100,000 of London’s rapidly expanding population of about 460,000. By September 1665, the death rate had reached 8,000 per week. Helpless municipal authorities threw their earlier caution to the wind and abandoned quarantine measures. Houses containing the dead and dying were no longer locked. London’s mournful silence was broken