The War for Naples Ends and Modern Warfare Begins
Last year in Italy the Spaniards spanked the French forces with their quicker cavalry and better use of small arms. With that defeat, France has surrendered the ancient city of Gaeta. Years of fighting between France and Spain is over. The Treaty of Lyons seals the deal. King Louis the 12th of France will retain control of northern Italy and Spain will control Naples in the south, including Sicily under King Ferdinand the 2nd of Aragon (the husband of Queen Isabella of Castile). Gaeta was strategically significant. The whole reason for this war was to give King Charles the Affable of France a base of operations to begin his Crusade. King Louis had lesser goals. In the modern day NATO will maintain a base at Gaeta.  
Mad Queen Joanna and Modern Spain
Queen Isabella the 1st of Castile has been in declining health and has died at the age of 53. The Crown of Castile goes to her daughter, Joanna. Mad Queen Joanna is already married to Philip the Handsome who is 28 at this time, a year older than she. He will be crowned king in 1506 and drop dead the same year. Historians believe he died of typhoid fever but Mad Queen Joanna will believe he was poisoned. For a time she will refuse to bury him and she will be deemed too insane to reign in Castile. Apparently she won't be too insane to reign in Aragon and Naples. The point is that because she was the daughter of both the ruler of Castile and the ruler of Aragon, Mad Queen Joanna will be queen of the largest portion of what is modern day Spain once her father passes away.  
Christopher Columbus Brings Back the Sun! *
Last year a storm stranded Christopher Columbus at St. Ann's Bay on Jamaica. He and his crew must make repairs using whatever resources they can find and they will need the native Taino [TAY-no] tribe to help. Unfortunately, they know Columbus too well but Columbus knows that an eclipse of the sun is coming. He uses this knowledge to convince the Taino [TAY-no] to help him. In 1540, Jamaica will be given over to the estate of the Columbus family but they will neglect it.  
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1504, Wikipedia.
- * The asterisk in the section header indicates that it was read on the podcast.
- Italian War of 1499--1504 - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 28 December 2014.
- Ferdinand II of Aragon - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 20 January 2015.
- Boot, Max. War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History. Gotham. ISBN 9781592402229.
- Typhoid fever - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 20 January 2015.
- Joanna of Castile - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 20 January 2015.
- Isabella I of Castile - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 20 January 2015.
- JAMAICAN HISTORY I. DiscoverJamaica.com (2005). Retrieved on 20 January 2015. “The island was given to the Columbus family as a personal estate in 1540, but they did nothing to develop it. The Spanish colony in Jamaica was never a very large or a very flourishing one.”
- Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 20 January 2015.
- affect - definition of affect. The Free Dictionary (2015). Retrieved on 20 January 2015. “The verb effect means 'to bring about or execute': medical treatment designed to effect a cure. Its corresponding noun means 'a result.' Thus if someone affects something, there is likely to be an effect of some kind, and from this may arise some of the confusion. People who stop smoking will see beneficial health effects, but not beneficial health affects.”
- Sailing Ship Columbia - Wikipedia (2015). Retrieved on 20 January 2015.
- Alex Shrugged notes: "Beat to quarters" means "Battle stations!" or "General quarters!"