Lead: In 1493, shortly after the return of Christopher Columbus, Spain's rulers petitioned the pope to protect their interests.  The far-reaching result was the Treaty of Tordesillas.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Spice. For centuries, spices - white and black pepper, cinnamon cloves, mace, frankincense, nutmeg, cassia, myrrh – from China, India, and the southeastern Asia island archipelago, have commanded fortunes and shaped empires. Spices were used to preserve foodstuffs. Aromatic spices were also the basis for exotic medical and therapeutic elixirs and syrups.

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