The New World was first made known to Europeans when Spanish admiral Christopher Columbus happened upon it while sailing west in an attempt to discover a nautical trade route to India. He claimed the New World for Spain. In the early sixteenth century, Portugal disputed the claim before Spanish-born Pope Alexander VI on the ground that his predecessors had agreed to a division of the coast of the Atlantic Ocean between the two powers. The Spanish claimed that this referred only to the eastern shores of the ocean. Alexander granted the Portugese the rights to colonize parts of the region, but not enough to rival Spanish supremacy, at least at first. Over the ensuing centuries various other Europeans made claims in the New World; Asians and Africans never did.
The tobacco plant is native to the New World, and its growing popularity in Europe was the most important sector of the colonial economies of the region.
New World in A Different FleshEdit
The New World was inhabited by prehistorica fauna, including spearfang cats, hairy elephants, and sims. Despite the dangers these creatures presented, the New World was colonized by Europeans. England was far more successful in North America than the Spanish in South America.
New World in Ruled BritanniaEdit
Spain was the dominant power in the New World at the turn of the sixteenth century, and the massive region was one of the jewels of the crown of the powerful Spanish Empire.