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If King Henry VII wrote a letter to the Pope about the Treaty of Tordsillas, what might he have written?

In the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494) Pope Alexander VI. divided the world into two halfs by declaring the Western part of the atlantic as Spanish property (what I refer to as Spanish was Castilian and Aragonese at the time) and the Eastern part as Portuguese property, so these two powers would not negatively interfere into each others' plans of discovering and conquering new parts of the world. Henry VII who ruled England at that time could have either protested against such claims, as England did not receive any rights within the treaty of could have supported the Spanish who he later had an alliance with after he had accepted marriage between both his sons and Katharina de Aragon. She was the daughter of Ferdinand de Aragon and Isabella de Castile who asked Pope Alexander VI for a regulating treaty in the first place. So the question here is would Henry VII have tried to strengthen England's position directly by claiming rights for England within the treaty or would he have acted indirectly in favour of England by supporting his ally.

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