THE TREATY OF TORDESILLAS 1494 (H7)
xxxxxIn 1492, following the discoveries of their protégé Christopher Columbus, the Spanish rulers Ferdinand and Isabella were understandably anxious to secure their territories against the incursions of their seafaring rivals, the Portuguese. In that year they enlisted the support of the then Pope, Alexander VI -
xxxxxNot surprisingly, King John II of Portugal wasted no time in challenging this arrangement. He claimed that such a line restricted his country's voyages to those along the African coast and, perhaps more to the point, did not recognise discoveries that the Portuguese had already made in the waters of the so-
xxxxxNeedless to say, this agreement, which was finally sanctioned by Pope Julius II in 1506, was never accepted by any of the other European powers situated along the Atlantic seaboard!
xxxxxIn 1492 Pope Alexander VI, a Spaniard, issued a series of papal bulls to settle the claims of Spain and Portugal to the uncharted lands of the New World. The line ran north to south some 300 miles west of the Azores. All new non-
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