Here are some one liners...
Christopher Columbus Discovers the New World -- Queen Isabella chases after Columbus and agrees to fund his voyage after he threatens to go to France. It takes 5 weeks and he grounds his ship in Hispaniola.
Sherry and the Lackeys of Granada -- Muslim Granada surrenders to Spain. This is where we get the words "lackey" and "sherry".
The Jews Are Expelled from Spain -- The Jews are dumped into Portugal. Portugal won't put up with this for long.
Christopher Columbus Discovers the New WorldChristopher Columbus heads to France to convince the King to finance his voyage across the Atlantic but Queen Isabella of Spain brings Columbus back. She funds him but only at the bare minimum. She presses three ships into service against the will of the owners: two 50 foot caravels (the Niña, and the Pinta) and a 68 foot carrack (the Santa Maria) which Columbus captains. They stop at the Canary Islands and on September 6th they begin. The Trade Winds carry them across in 5 weeks. On October 12th Columbus spots land but so does the lookout on the Pinta. Exactly which island it is will be lost to history. They continue to San Salvadore, Cuba and then Hispanola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) where the Santa Maria will run aground. The two caravels don't have enough room to take them all back so Columbus leaves a number of his men on shore to begin a colony. Columbus turns north and makes a classic clockwise use of the Atlantic's winds. He returns with parrots and samples of the wares and presents these to the King and Queen. Isabella is delighted. In a few months she will send him back with a much larger and better financed expedition.          
Sherry and the Lackeys of GranadaOn January 2nd, the last Moorish/Muslim stronghold in Spain surrenders to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. A silver cross is placed on the Alhambra palace of the last Sultan of Granada. The Sultan goes into exile but the rest of the captive Muslims are used as servants. The Spanish call their new servants "alacayos" [ah-lah-KYE-yos] which jokingly suggests a "chief." In English the same word is distorted into "lackey," meaning a footman, servant or "toady".
Also, the nearby town of Xeres [SHEH-rish] begins exporting their wine to England, but the name, "sherries," sounds plural, so they drop the 's' and call it "Sherry". It is fortified with distilled grape alcohol. In the modern day the alcohol content is 15.5% by volume. That translates into 31.0 proof using the USA formula or 27.125 proof using the UK formula.