Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503) stepped in the rival claims to the lands Columbus explored, which were pressed by Spain and Portugal. Determined to keep peace, Alexander set a Line of Demarcation dividing the non-European world into two zones. Spain received  exploration and trading rights in lands west of the land, and Portugal received the same rights east of the line.

Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503) stepped in the rival claims to the lands Columbus explored, which were pressed by Spain and Portugal. Determined to keep peace, Alexander set a Line of Demarcation dividing the non-European world into two zones. Spain received exploration and trading rights in lands west of the land, and Portugal received the same rights east of the line.

ALEXANDER VI - The 9th July 1492, the Pope Innocent VIII, at the request of Cardinal Borja and the Catholic Monarchs, raised the Valencian See to the rank of metropolitan, becoming Rodrigo of Borja the first Archbishop of Valencia 1492 - 1503

ALEXANDER VI - The 9th July 1492, the Pope Innocent VIII, at the request of Cardinal Borja and the Catholic Monarchs, raised the Valencian See to the rank of metropolitan, becoming Rodrigo of Borja the first Archbishop of Valencia 1492 - 1503

Rodrigo Borgia was elected to (or bought) the papacy on August 11, 1492 and became Pope Alexander VI. He was arguably the most controversial pope in the history of the Catholic Church, and certainly one of the most fascinating figures of his time.

Rodrigo Borgia was elected to (or bought) the papacy on August 11, 1492 and became Pope Alexander VI. He was arguably the most controversial pope in the history of the Catholic Church, and certainly one of the most fascinating figures of his time.

Alexander VI kneeling in front of the Madonna, said to be a likeness of Giulia Farnese. A copy of a lost or destroyed fresco by Pinturicchio.

Alexander VI kneeling in front of the Madonna, said to be a likeness of Giulia Farnese. A copy of a lost or destroyed fresco by Pinturicchio.

Pope Alexander VI One of the "Infamous Seven."

Pope Alexander VI One of the "Infamous Seven."

Coat of Arms of Pope Alexander VI Borgia at Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome.

Coat of Arms of Pope Alexander VI Borgia at Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome.

Pope Alexander VI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pope Alexander VI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alexander VI, given name Rodrigo Borgia, Roman Catholic Pope from 1492 until his death, is the most memorable of the corrupt and secular popes of the Renaissance.

Alexander VI, given name Rodrigo Borgia, Roman Catholic Pope from 1492 until his death, is the most memorable of the corrupt and secular popes of the Renaissance.

Pope Alexander VI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pope Alexander VI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On 23 May 1497, the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola was burned at the stake as a heretic by order of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia). Savonarola had become very popular with the people of Italy and very unpopular with Alexander as a result of his outspoken preaching in Florence for the reform of the Church, against the immorality he saw amongst the clergy and especially within the Roman Curia and in the life of Alexander VI himself.

On 23 May 1497, the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola was burned at the stake as a heretic by order of Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia). Savonarola had become very popular with the people of Italy and very unpopular with Alexander as a result of his outspoken preaching in Florence for the reform of the Church, against the immorality he saw amongst the clergy and especially within the Roman Curia and in the life of Alexander VI himself.

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