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THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE PAPACY
POPE ALEXANDER VI
POPE NICHOLAS V
POPE EUGENIUS IV
(1383-23 Feb 1447)
He was Pope from 3 March
1431 till his death in 1447.  In
1435,
 he condemned the
indiscriminate enslavement of
natives in the Canary Islands,
but
did not condemn slavery as
such.
Born 15 November 1397, Nicholas was Pope
from 6 March 1447 till his death  24 March
1455.
Pope Nicholas V issued the Papal Bull
Dum Diversas on 18 June, 1452.  It
authorised Alfonso V (King of Portugal) to
reduce any "Saracens (Muslims) and
pagans and any other "unbelievers" to
perpetual slavery.
" This facilitated the
Portuguese slave trade from West Africa
.
Nicholas also wrote the bull Romanus
Pontifex
on January 5, 1455 to the same
Alfonso as a follow-up to the
Dum
Diversas,
it extended to the Catholic
nations of Europe
dominion over
discovered lands during the Age of
Discovery.
Along with sanctifying the
seizure of non-Christian lands, it
encouraged the enslavement of
native, non-Christian  peoples in
Africa and the New World.
 
The precise number of chained souls wrenched from the
African continent and deposited in the Americas, Europe, the
Middle and Far East--will never be known;
the question
will forever generate
great speculation.
(January 1, 1431-August 18,
1503) He was Pope from 11
August, 1492 till his death 18
August, 1503.
He
authorised the King of
Spain to
enslave
non-Christians of the
Americas who were at
war with Christian
powers.