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A Chronology of American History: 15th | 16th | 17th | 18th | 19th | 20th

15th Century

August 3: Columbus and a crew of 90 depart from Palos in Spain in the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

October 12: Columbus's expedition lands in the Caribbean. Between October and December, the expedition explores the Bahamas, Cuba, and the northern coast of Hispaniola. Columbus made three later voyages to the New World: from 1493-1496, 1498-1500, and 1502-1504.

June 7: The Treaty of Tordesillas grants lands west of the line of demarcation (370 leagues west of the cape Verde Islands) to Spain and those east of the line to Portugal.

During his four voyages, Columbus explored Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

June 24: John Cabot, who was probably born in Genoa, Italy, claims Newfoundland in behalf of England.


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