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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Treaty of Tordesillas

Thomas Duve

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 December 2019

Subject(s):
Ancient Times to 1648 — Colonization / Decolonization — Specific treaties — Territory, title

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Treaty of Tordesillas ([done 7 June 1494] in Davenport [ed] vol 1, 84) is an agreement (capitulación) between the monarchs of what was later called Spain, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, on the one hand, and John II, King of Portugal, on the other. Under the Treaty, the parties agreed to establish a new demarcation line between their spheres of influence in the Atlantic, modifying previous lines drawn in earlier treaties, such as the Treaty between Spain and Portugal concluded at Alcaçovas ([done 4 September 1479] in Davenport [ed] vol 1,...
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