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That The Sea Or The Right Of Navigation Thereon Does Not Belong To The Portuguese By Title Of Papal Donation

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This chapter contains the English translation of chapter VI of Hugo Grotius' Mare Liberum, and screenshots of each page of the original text written in Latin. The donation of Pope Alexander, which is adduced by the Portuguese as an argument in defence of their attempt to claim the sea or the right of navigation for themselves alone, is revealed, in the light of the foregoing observations, as a vain and empty pretext. The sea and the right of navigation-are considered solely from the standpoint of profit and gain, it follows that in regard to the present question the papal power were null and void. The chapter concludes either that the proclamation, interpreted in the manner suggested, was without force, or the Pope's intention was based upon a desire to intervene in the dispute between the Spaniards and the Portuguese without diminishing in the least degree the rights of other persons.

Keywords: Pope Alexander; Portuguese; right of navigation; Spaniards; the sea



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