Patent Granted by Henry VII to John Cabot

Patent Granted by King Henry VII to John Cabot and his Sons March 5, 1496   By this public document, Henry VII indicated his official, royal support for Cabot’s enterprise. As an agent of the English Crown, Cabot was empowered to investigate, claim and possess lands “which before this time were unknown to all Christians”…

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Treaty of Tordesillas

Treaty of Tordesillas June 7, 1494     The Treaty of Tordesillas was concluded on June 7 1494 to settle the contentious matter of the possession of the newly discovered lands of the non Christian world between Portugal and Spain. It was ratified by Spain on July 2, 1494. and by Portugal on September 5,…

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