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New World
The New World is one of the names used for the Western Hemisphere, specifically America and sometimes Oceania . The term originated in the late 15th century, when America had been recently discovered by European explorers, expanding the geographical horizon of the people of the European middle Ages, who had thought of the world as consisting of Europe, Asia, and Africa...
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1493
1.4.1493
Christopher Columbus leaves the New World, ending his first journey.
5.4.1493
Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
1494
1.6.1494
The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.
6.7.1494
Spain and Portugal sign the Treaty of Tordesillas which divides the New World between the two countries.
1497
5.10.1497
Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
1502
5.9.1502
Christopher Columbus leaves Spain for his fourth and final journey to the New World.
1512
12.27.1512
The Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World.
1538
10.28.1538
The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established.