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Dividing the world and the Doctrine of Discovery (Native America, Discovered and Conquered)

An interesting history-related post from Native America, Discovered and Conquered:

The New York Times opinion blog page has an interesting piece today about the division of the island of New Guinea, located just north of Australia.

Following the 141st meridian east, a line neatly splits the island in half between the countries of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

This is relevant to the Doctrine of Discovery because the line is part of the papal bulls that divided the world in 1493 for the Spanish and the Portuguese to dominate, control, and own.

The line drawn by Pope Alexander VI in 1493, however, only expressly divided the Atlantic.  But in 1529 Spain and Portugal ...

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