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Alexander VI, Pope (1431-1503) [Demarcation bull, granting Spain possession of lands discovered by Columbus]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04093 Author/Creator: Alexander VI, Pope (1431-1503) Place Written: [Valladolio, Spain] Type: Broadsides Date: 4 May 1493 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Broadside entitled "Copia de la bula del decreto y concession q[ue] hizo el papa / Alexandro sexto al Rey y la Reyna nuestros senores de las Indias conforme al capitu." Unique copy of second version possibly printed at Valladolio, by Francisco Fernandez de Cordoba. Title in Spanish and text in Latin.

People: Alexander VI, Pope, 1431-1503.
Columbus, Christopher, ca. 1451-1506.
Ferdinand V, King of Spain, 1452-1516.
Isabella I, Queen of Spain, 1451-1504.

Historical Era: The Americas to 1620

Keywords/Subjects: Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Frontiers and Exploration, Vatican, Land Transaction

Sub Era: Imperial Rivalries Exploration