Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The town that split the world in two

“It was here that the stage was set for Brazil to become the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas.

At first glance, Tordesillas, a small city on the banks of the Duero River in the Valladolid Province of Spain, seems perfectly ordinary. It has an old quarter with a well-preserved Plaza Mayor and churches that date back to medieval times. But mention it in San Paolo, Cartagena, or any other Central or South American city and many will immediately recognise its name. It was here in 1494 that Spain (then the Kingdom of Castile) and Portugal divided lands they had yet to find – and thus set the stage for Brazil to become the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170615-the-town-that-split-the-world-in-two

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