Decades: 1440s 1450s 1460s 1470s 1480s - 1490s - 1500s 1510s 1520s 1530s 1540s
Years: 1488 1489 1490 1491 1492 - 1493 - 1494 1495 1496 1497 1498
January 4 - Christopher Columbus leaves the New World, ending his first journey
March 15 - Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first trip to the Americas.
November 19 - Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to go ashore on an island he only saw for the first time the day before. He names it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico).
June 14, Ermolao Barbaro
Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor