When Christopher Columbus made his plans to sail westward across the Atlantic, he first set off across Europe to find sponsors. His brother Bartholomew went to the court of the English King Henry VII (who turned him down,...
Pope Alexander VI issued the Inter caetera, a 1493 papal bull granting significant lands to Spain at the expense of Portugal’s New World ambitions.
Pope Alexander VI (1431–1503), who was elected pope in 1492, issued the Inter caetera, which divided lands in the New World between Spain and Portugal.
The Papal Bull “Inter Caetera,” issued by Pope Alexander VI on May 4, 1493, played a central role in the Spanish conquest of the New World.