Pope Alexander VI: The Conflict Between Spain

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In 1493, Pope Alexander VI settled the conflict between Spain and Portugal about their rights to claim the lands they encountered during their explorations. Explain why the pope settled the argument, how he settled the matter, and the terms of the settlement.
Answer: After Christopher Columbus claimed he had reached Asia, King John II knew he wasn't going to stand idly while the Spaniards planted their flags on distant shores to claim land. Soon after Christopher's first trip, King John sent ships west to claim land for Portugal. Once King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the rulers of Spain, heard of Portugal's plans, they sent a message to King John; King Ferdinand asked King John to wait until they decided by law to whom the seas and conquests

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