1472 was a leap year.
|Centuries:||14th century – 15th century – 16th century|
|Decades:||1440s 1450s 1460s – 1470s – 1480s 1490s 1500s|
|Years:||1469 1470 1471 – 1472 – 1473 1474 1475|
- February 20 – The Orkneys and Shetlands are annexed to the crown of Scotland
- Possible discovery of Bacalao (possibly Newfoundland, North America) and João Vaz Corte-Real.
- Beginning of extensive slave trade in modern Cameroon, as the Portuguese sail up the Wuori River.
- Fernão do Po claims the central-African islands Bioko and Annobón for Portugal.
- Banca Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena, the world's oldest bank, is founded.