Author: Pope Alexander VI


Inter caetera by Pope Alexander VI (May 3, 1493)

In the following bull, Pope Alexander VI decrees that all newly discovered lands west of an imaginary line of longitude running through the eastern part of present-day Brazil belonged to Spain, and everything east to Portugal. The text was originally written in Latin and takes its name, Inter caetera from the opening phrase (“Among other”). This English translation was published in 1917.

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