Spirit of 1492

1491: King Nzinga of Kongo becomes first African Christian king

January: Granada, the last Muslim kingdom in Spain, falls

April: Jews are expelled from Iberia

August: Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia elected as Pope Alexander VI

October: Columbus discovers the West Indies

 

Papal Dominion and Global Mission

Nicholas V, Romanus Pontifex (1456)

Alexander VI, Inter Caetera (1493)

Paul III, Sublimus Dei (1537)

Voices from the Missions

Christopher Columbus, the Third Order Franciscan

Bartolom de Las Casas, the Defender of the Indians

Afonso I, the Christian King of the Kongo