The Explorer's Journal
By Samantha Furtado, Jane Burton, and Allison Michaud
The dividing line
Pope Alexander VI has established the new Line of Demarcation! This line will divide the non-European world into two distinct zones; one controlled by Spain and the other to be controlled by Portugal. Spain has recently been making strides to claim the lands of the new world, the lands east of Europe. Italian navigator Christopher Columbus was sponsored by Spain on his voyage to reach the Indies by sailing west, and accidentally discovered the Americas in the process. With this new Line of Demarcation, Spain will have trading and exploration rights to undiscovered non-Christian lands west of the line (the Americas), and Portugal will have the same except with lands east of the line (Europe and Africa).
However, since this line was established Portugal has been voicing their concerns. There has been much talk about a “Treaty of Tordesillas” to be established, because Portugal is not satisfied with the position of the line. Portugal would like to move the line further west, so that they might also have control over the Cape Verde Islands. But, there is hesitation for a treaty because this shift in the location of the line could possibly foreshadow even further shifts to be made by Portugal, in their quest for land and power.
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a discussion with a native
Interviewer: How do you feel about all these new people settling on your home land?
Native: I think it is very unfair to us. No one asked us if it was okay. This is our home, our only place to live. We have nowhere to go. You and your people should go back to Europe.
Interviewer: This land is now in control of Europe. We have the right to settle here. Our ruler stated this before we came here.
Native: Why should we listen to someone who never seen or heard of before? Our land is our land. We were here first. I think that your ruler will have a very difficult time controlling this land in addition to his own. What if a war was to arise between us? Could this ruler lead you to victory?
Interviewer: I do believe that he will lead us to victory. He has many strong European allies that would help us to win. You and your people stand no chance against us.
Native: After all these years of living here, I would have never imagined someone would come to my land and call it their own. This land has been in our people’s hands for centuries and now some Europeans are settling on it. Don’t get too comfortable here.
Visit the Philippines!
1. to travel completely around the world
2. a distant military station or a remote settlement
3. having full, independent power
4. an Indian soldier who served in an army set up by the french or English
1. a mapmaker
2. a large estate run by an owner and worked by laborers who live there
3. someone sent to do religious work in a territory or foreign country
4. Dutch people who settled in Cape Town
5. a region of China made up of a peninsula, and two islands, and was a Portuguese territory