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Chapter 14, Lesson 3: Exploring the Americas (pp. 377-381)

I. Christopher Columbus

II. The Spanish in the Americas

    A. The Spanish asked Pope Alexander VI to grant them control of the lands Columbus discovered.

    B. The Treaty of Tordesillas granted Spain all land west of approximately 50 degrees W. longitude, and Portugal all lands east of approximately 50 degrees W. longitude.

    C. The new territories attracted Spanish adventurers and colonists.

III. Europeans in North America

    A. The English were the first Europeans to send an expedition to North America after Columbus's voyage.

    B. Balboa and Magellan proved that the Americas blocked the westward route to Asia.

    C. In the late 1500s, Europeans realized that the Americas offered a vast wealth of resources.

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