Part 3. The Reformation.
The impunity and power of the Spanish had both surprised and stunned the Vinlands and for a few years they were reeling somewhat. Fortunately Vinland found itself at a unique crossroads in its existance. In January 1515 the reformation began to become an identified schism within christianity. The Vinlanders, intrigued and concerned with its own existance by a so-called fellow catholic nation, despite the rules in the ToT stating area sunder christian rule (i.e. Tuxpan and Tehuantepec) were not to be attack, were one of the first adopters of this new and rebellious version of christiantiy.
Vinland wanted no part of a religon that offered them no protection from so called fellow christian brothers. The funds generated from the sale of church property and other measures permitted a large change within the realm. The effeciency of government became improved in the years following and, despite a four year long large-scale catholic rebellion (Fig.1), Vinland began to reap the benefits of its 'conversion'.
Incidentally, shortly after the conclusion of the Catholic Rebellion, the first English Trade Post in the New World was sighted in Connecticut. By 1520, the increase in settlers available, had permitted partial settlement of the St. Lawrence River (Fig.2). This was seen as a necessary requirement to secure the interior of the continent from English (and later, French) encroachment.
In 1524 a naval explorer made his services available to the king and was duly despatched southwards to explore lands away from the Spanish in Mexico. He sailed as far south as modern day Guyana in South America. he sighted islands in the Lesser Antiles and those in the Bahamas on his way south. By 1530 the King was dead and a new king, the young and reckless Grim Asgeirsson, suceeded. One of his first tasks was to decide where to take the lands next. Settlement of the interior of Vinland had been progressing well but like his father before him - he sought riches and fame in addition to the security of his homeland.
He was to be instrumental in sending the navigator Torleif Harde, along with Ulf Jaarning, to explore the lands discovered two decades before and to claim them for Vinland in spite of any protestations from Spain or indeed Portugal. In 1544 the expedition departed, dropping off Ulf in Guyana before passing Northern Brazil (Fig.3). Torleif Harde was to return by May 1547 was a greatly improved map of the America's for his King (Fig.4).
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