The people who came from Europe to colonize the Americas, and conquer its people, had many motives for doing so. But no matter the motive, they were rarely nice about it. Throughout the places we have visited so far we've seen the strong influences of the Spanish conquerors - the Catholic churches and statues, the architecture, and of course the Español! But the Spanish weren't alone in their frenzy to control these lands. In North America the English and French competed fiercely for control. Likewise, in South America, the Portuguese and Spanish got into a lot of fights over who got to rule the indigenous people living here and there lands and belongings.
With both Spanish and Portuguese explorers placing claims for the territory, someone had to step in and resolve the dispute. This was not a soldier, nor a politician, but actually the Pope. In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed to resolve the boundary dispute between Spain and Portugal, and which gave Portugal the vast territory of Brazil. This treaty was sanctioned by Pope Julius II in 1506.
Some of the notable figures in the conquering of the Americas are the following:
Pedro Álvares Cabral:
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