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Doctrine of Discovery

Greetings and a warm handshake to all of you who are taking the time to not only read and listen to the story of the origin of the Doctrine of Discovery, but to understand how this insidious doctrine continues to impact the Indigenous Peoples around the Globe. Read and listen with an open mind and heart.


What is the Doctrine of Discovery?

The Doctrine of Discovery

In 1452, Pope Nicholas V wrote the following words in a Papal Bull:

“…invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit”


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