is territory on Antarcticaball
owned by Chileball
The Treaty of Tordesillas, signed on June 7, 1494, by Spainball and Portugalball (only) set their areas of global influence, west and east, respectively, according to a line running from pole to pole that was never demarcated (at 46° 37 'W in the Spanish classical interpretation, and further west, according to the Portuguese interpretation), so the Antarctic areas claimed by Chileball today, still unknown at that time, fell within the area of Spanish influence. The treaty, backed by the Papal Statesball in 1506, was not recognized by European non-Catholic states nor even by some Catholic ones, like Franceball.
For UKball, Netherlandsball, Russian Empireball and other countries, the Antarctic areas were considered res nullius, no man's land subject to the occupation of any nation. After the independence of the colonies in the Americas, the new Spanish republics agreed among themselves to recognize the principle of uti possidetis-- that is, new states would have as limits those inherited from the Spanish colonies from which they originated. Therefore, the Republic of Chile consisted of all lands formerly belonging to the Captaincy General of Chile and then assumed that these titles included rights over portions of Antarcticaball.
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