1497

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July 3, 2022

1497 (MCDXCVII in Roman numerals) is a year of the 15th century.

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June 24 According to some controversial sources, Amerigo Vespucci made his first trip to America in 1497 and reached the American continent on an expedition together with Juan de la Cosa. In this way he would be the discoverer of continental America together with Giovanni Caboto. 24 June Giovanni Caboto and his son Sebastiano reach the island of Newfoundland and Canada. Caterina Sforza, lady of Forlì and Imola, marries Giovanni de 'Medici (known as "il Popolano"): they will be born from them Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, father, in turn, of Cosimo I de' Medici, who will be the first Grand Duke of Tuscany . February 7, the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola, regent of Florence orders the Bonfire of the vanities. Vasco da Gama was the first to circumnavigate Africa, rounding the Cape of Storms calling it the Cape of Good Hope and reaching Mombasa, Africa. The following year he will arrive in Calicut, India. On 17 September the Spaniards, as part of the last acts of Reconquista, occupy the city of Melilla. The main branch of the Orlandi of Pisa ceases to exist.

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