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1494 by Stephen R. Bown
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Apr 22, 12

Read from April 01 to 20, 2012

Mr. Bown gives us a good "wide angle" view of the love/hate relationship that Spain and Portugal developed prior to Columbus's first voyage to the New World. He explains how internal dynastic struggles and corrupt popes contributed to these two nations actually dividing the world between them. Yep, they actually drew up up a treaty and had it blessed by Rodrigo Borgia. Portugal got most of the East half and Spain the West.

I especially enjoyed his description of Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe and all of the adventures associated with that voyage. Bown also provides a reading list for those of us who want to delve deeper into the lifes of the various monarchs and explorers who made their mark during the Age of Exploration.

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