Aeterni regis

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The papal bull Aeterni regis [English: "Eternal king's"] was issued on 21 June 1481 by Pope Sixtus IV. It confirmed the substance of the Treaty of Alcáçovas, reiterating that treaty's confirmation of Castile in its possession of the Canary Islands and its granting to Portugal all further territorial acquisitions made by Christian powers in Africa and eastward to the Indies.

This bull confirmed the earlier bulls Romanus Pontifex, issued by Nicholas V in 1455, and Inter caetera, issued in 1456 by Callixtus III.[1] It was the legal basis of Don Christopher Columbus's authority as viceregal agent of the Spanish crown in the Americas.

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