The New World refers to North and South America, the islands of the Caribbean Sea, and several islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The New World was first made known to Europeans when Italian mariner Christopher Columbus, serving as an admiral of Spain, happened upon it while sailing west in an attempt to discover a nautical trade route to India. He claimed the New World for Spain. In the early 16th century, Portugal disputed the claim before Spanish-born Pope Alexander VI on the ground that his predecessors had agreed to a division of the coast of the Atlantic Ocean between the two powers. The Spanish claimed that this referred only to the eastern shores of the ocean. Alexander granted the Portugese the rights to colonize parts of the region, but not enough to rival Spanish supremacy, at least at first. Over the ensuing centuries various other Europeans made claims in the New World; Asians and Africans never did.

The tobacco plant is native to the New World, and its growing popularity in Europe was the most important sector of the colonial economies of the region.

New World in Crosstime Traffic[]

Crosstime Traffic was aware of an alternate in which China discovered and colonized the New World.

New World in A Different Flesh[]

The New World was inhabited by previously unknown fauna, including spearfang cats, hairy elephants, and sims. Despite the dangers these creatures presented, the New World was colonized by Europeans. England was far more successful in North America than Spain was in South America.

New World in "Down in the Bottomlands"[]

The Double Continent was located across the Western Ocean from the Great Continent. The Empire of Stekia dominated the continent.[1]

New World in "The Pugnacious Peacemaker"[]

In Ib Scoglund's world, the New World was known collectively as Skrelleland, after "Skrellings," the Viking name for the inhabitants.

New World in Ruled Britannia[]

Spain was the dominant power in the New World in the 16th century, and the massive region was one of the jewels of the crown of the powerful Spanish Empire.

New World in Through Darkest Europe[]

The Sunset Lands were colonized by people of the Muslim world, who founded such nations as Arkansistan and Oregon. However, the indigenous population retained autonomy in several regions where they maintained their own nations.

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  1. See, e.g., We Install and Other Stories, loc. 2551.