- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
During the time of sail and early exploration, Portugal was very dominant. Guided by Henry the Navigator, Portugal had mapped much of the eastern americas, europe, africa, and the Indian ocean, and SE asia. The spice trade certainly fuelled the quest for shorter trade routes and the establishment of strategic ports for territorial control of trade.
Much of the history prior to the Dutch, British and French can be seen throughout the region of south east asia.
- gc-pLv 41 decade ago
The Treaty of Tordesillas (1494) divided the world outside Europe into an exclusive duopoly between the Spanish and the Portuguese.
The Spanish born Pope Alexander VI decreed that all lands west of a meridian west of the Cape Verde Islands should belong to Spain while new lands discovered east of that line would belong to Portugal.