Your half, or mine

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Originally uploaded by Nick Moles.

I vaguely recall learning something in High School. Specifically what, I don’t know. But I do remember learning about why Brazilians speak Portuguese. And today Wikipedia told me the exact reason!

Pope Alexander IV split the world along the meridian at 36W. To the Portuguese – Africa, Europe, Brazil, and whatever else they found. To the Spanish – America! The Portuguese were pissed they didn’t get more of America, so they ignored the line and kept moving west.

I saw this map in the Navigation museum of Lisbon, and said ‘Hey, why is there a Portuguese symbol in Quebec?’ That question¬†remains unanswered.

One response to “Your half, or mine

  1. Miguel

    Because of Portuguese expeditions to Greenland and North America before the treaty. If you take a closer look to the map under the coat of arms you see “Terra de Labrador” (Land of Labrador) and “Terra de Corte-Real” (Land of the Corte-Real) named after Jo√£o Fernandes Labrador and the Corte-Real family. So the land was de facto Portuguese.

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