Events leading to the Treaty of Tordesillas

Events leading to the Treaty of Tordesillas

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  • we can become rich if we explore and find new trade routes
  • plans to find new sea routes 
  • The Europeans seeked new trade routes because of the desire for new sources of wealth. 
  • I have reached Asia !
  • Portugal lead overseas exploration because the government and Prince Henry supported it. They developed sailing innovations and established trading outposts along the west coast of Africa.
  • The Spanish also wanted new sea routes. In 1492, Christopher Columbus convinced Spain to finance a plan to find a sea route to Asia by sailing west across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Treaty of  Tordesillas __________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • Christopher Columbus reached an island in the Caribbean and thought he had reached the East Indies but his voyage opened up a way for European colonization of the Americas. 
  • Tensions rose between Spain and Portugal so Pope Alexander VI suggested an imaginary dividing line, drawn north through south, through the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Portugal complained the line gave too much to Spain so the line was moved. In 1494 Portugal and spain signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, an agreement to honor the imaginary dividing line.
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