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Anne de Bretagne
After the death of
her father Franz II, Anne becomes
Duchess of Brittany .
James IV.
James IV defeats his father James III. and becomes King of Scotland .
Cape of Good Hope
Bartolomeu Diaz circumnavigates the Cape of Storms .
1488 in other calendars
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Spanish era 1526
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Politics and world events

The expedition of the Bartolomeu Dias

Statue of Bartolomeu Dias
  • The top secret expedition of Bartolomeu Dias , which reached southern Africa at the end of 1487, is driven further south by strong north winds at the beginning of the year. When, after a few days on an easterly course, he has no land contact and the temperature keeps falling, he turns north and comes across an inhabited bay, which he calls Angra dos Vaqueiros because of the herds of cattle grazing there.
  • February 3 : The Portuguese Bartolomeu Dias, the first European to anchor his ship east of the Cape of Good Hope, presumably in the Mosselbaai in South Africa. After that the expedition sails further east to find the sea ​​route to India .
  • March 12th : The expedition erects a padrão , a stone heraldic pillar, at Cape Padrone . Against the will of his crew, who was on the verge of mutiny, Dias pushed through to the east and reached the mouth of the Great Fish River, where the coast was already clearly running in a north-easterly direction. In honor of his deputy, he baptizes the river with the name Rio Infante . His team, suffering from scurvy , then forced him to turn back.
  • End of April: Only on the way back does Dias see the Cape of Good Hope for the first time , which he christened Cabo Tormentoso (Storm Cape). On May 1st, another pillar will be erected in Table Bay .
  • July 25th : On the way back, another padrão is set up on the Diaz peak in what is now Namibia.
  • After short stays on the Angolan coast and the island of Príncipe in the Gulf of Guinea to take over fresh water, the expedition will return to Lisbon after more than 16 months at the end of December.

Holy Roman Empire

  • January 6th : A new coin order with which the indebted city of Braunschweig tries to counteract a currency crisis is the trigger for another layer in Braunschweig . There are riots by several guilds and non-guild-eligible residents, the minorities, whereupon the coin decree is revoked on January 19th . Nevertheless, the conflict continues to worsen.
  • February 5th : The Braunschweig insurgents elect the furrier Ludeke Hollant as their spokesman. A review with 75 articles is handed over to the council in the Neustadtrathaus , which it accepts the following day under pressure from the street. A body consisting of 24 men was added to the council, which practically disempowered it. Several council members are forced to resign and expelled from the city, including the customs clerk Hermann Bote . Hollant's arbitrary rule leads to increasing dissatisfaction in the population over the course of the year, which erupted into unrest in October.
  • February 14 : The Swabian Confederation , concluded in Esslingen am Neckar with all imperial estates in Swabia, is intended to preserve the peace .



North africa

  • After the death of Caliph Uthman , power struggles break out among the Hafsids in Ifrīqiya , which weaken the empire considerably.


First documentary mentions

  • Grub is mentioned for the first time in a document.


Missal Aboense



Tomás de Torquemada

In Spain a separate council for the Inquisition is set up, the Consejo de la Suprema y General Inquisicion . The Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada becomes the first chairman of this council . This council forms the cornerstone for the Spanish Inquisition, which from then on developed into a separate authority .

Innocent VIII approves the establishment of three Dominican monasteries in Ireland, only one of which in Cloonameehan is beyond the planning stage.


Date of birth saved

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1488


Date of death secured

Tomb of Francis II in Nantes

Exact date of death unknown

Died around 1488

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