The year 1492 was an important year in the history of the world. It was a leap year starting on Sunday in the Julian calendar.

Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 14th century15th century16th century
Decades: 1460s  1470s  1480s  – 1490s –  1500s  1510s  1520s
Years: 1489 1490 149114921493 1494 1495

The most important events centred around Spain. Muslim forces were finally expelled (sent away) from Spain. This ended 780 years of Muslim control in Al-Andalus.[1]

Jews were also expelled. With the backing of the King of Spain, Christopher Columbus set off on the voyage by which he would discover the "New World", by which was meant the Americas.

Fall of Granada: Muhammad XII, the last Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to the army of the Catholic Monarchs (Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile) after a long siege.

These discoveries and changes made Spain a large empire, not just a country in Europe.

References change

  1. Elizabeth Nash (13 October 2005). Seville, Cordoba, and Granada: a cultural history. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 219. ISBN 978-0-19-518204-0.