Francisco De Vitoria and the Colonial Origins of International Law

  title={Francisco De Vitoria and the Colonial Origins of International Law},
  author={Antony T. Anghie},
  journal={Social \& Legal Studies},
  pages={321 - 336}
Sir, As I know you will be pleased at the great victory with which Our Lord has crowned my voyage, I write this to you, from which you will learn how in thirty-three days, I passed from the Canary Islands to the Indies with the fleet which the most illustrious king and queen, our sovereigns, gave to me. And there I found many islands filled with people innumerable, and of them all I have taken possession for their highnesses, by proclamation made and with royal standard unfurled and no… 

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