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Spain And Portugal Conquered The Americas,

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In this paper we will be talking about how Spain and Portugal conquered the Americas, their relationship between the economy, their education system, and their present day relationship. Throughout the paper you will start to realize that Spain and Portugal are very similar countries, maybe due to the fact that they’re both European counties. They have the same educational system, and government system. Spain and Portugal have a long history; they go all the way back to the1492 .Which is when Columbus first started his voyage to explore the West, which ended up in an argument over the land. Spain and Portugal worked as a team to conquer the Americas. In today’s world Portugal and Spain work together when it comes to drug trafficking and forest fires. They also seem to be good allies to one another, they share the same currency and both have high unemployment percentage.
In 1484, Christopher Columbus attempted to interest King John II of Portugal in his voyage to explore the West. His attempt was a fail, but that did not make him lose his hope. About eight years later he went to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, attempting his service in leading such an extraordinary voyage. After the death of the last Muslim Spain agreed to finance the voyage and named Columbus as the admiral and governor of any lands he should find. In 1492 Columbus received his approval; he started his voyage to explode the west on August 3, 1492. Columbus first landing was in the Bahamas, later he discovered the Northeast coast of Cuba, eastward to the islands of Hispaniola, which now is known as Haiti and Dominican Republic. When discovering the eastward islands of Hispaniola, Columbus lost his flagship name Santa Maria, one of his famous three ships.
When Portugal was exposed to what Columbus had discovered its king, John II, ordered the Spanish violation in to the Portuguese territory. The King and Queen of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, then appealed the pope in Rome, who is a Spaniard. In 1493 he, the pope, issued a proclamation which assigned all lands that were more than 345 miles, known as 100 leagues at the time, west of the Cape Verde Islands to Spain and what was the land east of that line to Portugal. The king of Portugal, John II was not happy with the division. John II, felt that the Portuguese interest in the South Atlantic where being jeopardized. Therefore he negotiated a treaty with Ferdinand and Isabella, 930 miles, known as 270 leagues back in the day, farther to the west. This treaty was known as the Treat of Tordesilla.
However that did not stop Columbus from continuing to discover. Shortly after, 1493, Columbus returned to the Hispaniola along with 17 ships and 1200 colonists. Three years later, 1496, he returned to Spain to report his new discoveries and respond to the charges brought upon him by the colonists. Two years later in 1498 Columbus returned on a third voyage in which he explored the area off the north coast of South America. He...

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