The Pope Once Granted The Entire Continent of South America To Spain

A bold and wild claim that was awkward for the rest of the world

The Cantino Planisphere, 1502 (Public domain)

In 1493, Pope Alexander VI made a sweeping declaration in the form of a papal bull. The new declaration declared that the Spanish monarchy was entitled to all lands and islands, discovered and yet to be discovered, south and west of an…