Ratification of the Treaty of Tordesillas


The ratification of the Treaty of Tordesillas, a scroll that is part of the temporary exhibition FERNÃO DE MAGALHÃES. BY THE SEAS OF THE WHOLE WORLD, is the piece of the month for September.

Usually interpreted as a sharing of the world between Portugal and Castile, the Treaty of Tordesillas is presented in a session commented by exhibition commissioner Amândio Barros, who will answer different questions. The historian considers that Portugal and Castile did not divide the world, nor could they, and clarifies the Pope’s endorsement of the Treaty. It also addresses details of the negotiations between the Portuguese and Castilians as a guarantee of Portuguese influence in Brazilian lands.