On This Date 525 Years Ago…

An occasional blog—with “Dates” based on the Julian calendar used by Europeans in 1492.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 1493

By early July, Columbus and his entourage arrived in Seville, where he began commissioning ships and enlisting men for his second voyage and the colonization of “Española.” The five Taínos baptized in Barcelona (see blog for Late May or Early June) reunited with the...

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June 1493

After baptism of the six Taínos, Columbus and five Taínos departed Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand’s court in Barcelona for Seville, where Columbus would organize the second voyage. The captive baptized Juan—as Prince Juan—was adopted by the prince and required to...

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Late May or Early June, 1493

Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand had required the six Taínos’ instruction in Christianity and, prior to dispatching Columbus with them on the second voyage, ordered their baptism. Columbus’s most utilized captive—one of Encounters Unforeseen’s protagonists (see blogs...

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May 29, 1493

Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand spent May organizing the effort to dispatch Columbus’s second voyage promptly. They appointed Juan Rodríguez de Fonseca, archdeacon of Seville, to administer the enterprise with Columbus, granting the two men broad authority to...

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Spring-Summer 1493

The garrison of sailors Columbus left with Chief Guacanagarí in January 1493 (see blog of January 1) left no written account, and its history is known principally through reports of Columbus and other Europeans chronicling Columbus’s second voyage. These reports...

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May 3, 1493

On May 3, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo de Borja) published the papal bull Inter Caetera recognizing Castile’s right to the islands and mainlands Columbus had “discovered and to be discovered” thereafter (i.e., the Taíno homeland). He later prepared two additional...

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April 1493

Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand didn’t wait for Columbus to arrive in Barcelona to proclaim the triumph of their sponsorship of Columbus’s voyage or assert dominion over the Taíno territory he had explored.  On April 1, 1493, after some editing, they published...

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Mid-April, 1493

By April 11, Columbus and six Taínos departed Seville for Barcelona, traveling by mule on a route through Córdoba, Murcia, and Valencia, as shown in red superimposed on the map contained in Encounters Unforeseen: Crowds gathered as Columbus passed through to observe...

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March 31-April 10, 1493

On March 31, 1493, then Palm Sunday, Columbus and the ten Taínos arrived at Seville, shown below c. 1588 (Civitates Orbis Terrarum). They would have entered by the bridge over the Guadalquivir in the lower left (a predecessor to the present Puente de Isabel II),...

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March 15-29, 1493

Columbus’s Journal provides a European historical record of daily events over a seven-month period (August 3, 1492 through March 15, 1493) which is unusual for the 15th century and far exceeds in detail and specificity the related historical record preceding or...

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