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Posted by ParU on Thu, 05/27/2004 - 11:24am.
The fact that you remember anything from 7th grade, probably should earn you 2 cool pts, especially as history ain't usually the most interesting subject. (Course I remember it from 1975, so that was awhile ago too!).
So, the answer: Look at a globe. 45 degrees Longitude is where the Pope 'drew' the line and Brazil juts out past that, thus ensuring that Protugal could 'colonize' it. It wasn't by 'hemisphere', it was division by Longitude.
What always fascinates me about the 'colonization' era was the 'great countries' assertions that they owned certain tracks of land. I mean the Louisiana Purchase was a huge chunk of land, as was 'Seward's Folly' (Hi Kris the Girl!) but the US bought them from France and Russia and totally ignored the fact that there were people already there! So how come France (and Spain and England and a very few other countries) could own land, but nobody else could?
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