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Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon are married.
The Reconquest (la reconquista) forces the last Moors out of Spain.
As part of a revived Inquisition, all Jews are forced to convert or leave Spain.
Christopher Columbus arrives in the Caribbean; he names Hispaniola (modern-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and founds the settlement of La Navidad.
John Cabot, an Italian sailing for England, sights North America, probably around Newfoundland, and claims the territory for England.
Amerigo Vespucci, sailing for Portugal, reaches the South American coast. Upon his return, he writes to his patron, Lorenzo de' Medici, that he has voyaged to a "new world." A mapmaker attaches Amerigo's name to the New World.
Henry VIII is crowned king of England and marries Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella.
King Ferdinand dies; Charles I, grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella, inherits the Spanish throne.
Pánfilo de Narváez, accompanied by Cabeza de Vaca, leads a Spanish attempt to conquer Florida.
King Henry VIII divorces Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn. In 1534, the Act of Supremacy declares the king to be the head of the Church of England, completing the break with Rome.
John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion is published, expanding the Protestant Reformation.
Hernando de Soto leads a Spanish army through the Southeast; de Soto dies on the banks of the Mississippi on May 21, 1542.
Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, becomes queen of England. In 1554, she marries Philip II, the future king of Spain, but dies childless in 1558.
Philip II becomes king of Spain.
Queen Elizabeth I succeeds her half sister Queen Mary.
French Huguenots establish Fort Caroline near the St. Johns River in Florida.
St. Augustine, Florida, founded.
Fort Caroline massacre.
The Spanish Armada is defeated by a smaller British fleet.
Excerpted from America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation by Kenneth C. Davis
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