Facade of the Museum of the Treaty of Tordesillas.

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Museo del Tratado de Tordesillas

Castilla y León

Dedicated to the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, which divided the New World into Spanish and Portuguese spheres of influence, the informative displays in this museum look at the world as it was before and after the treaty, with some fabulous old maps taking centre stage. There's also a multilingual video presentation.

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