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Vasco da Gama


Vasco da Gama was the first European explorer to leave Europe and sail to India. This Portuguese explorer was one of the most famous explorers from the Age of Discovery. He was commissioned by the Portuguese King in 1497, to find a maritime route to the East.

He was born in a noble family in 1460 in Sines, Portugal. His father Estêvão da Gama was also an explorer. He was commander of the fortress in Sines in the southwestern pocket of Portugal. Vasco also joined the navy and became a tough and fearless navigator.


Quick Facts: –

  • Vasco da Gama has a crater on the moon named after him.
  • He started sailing to find a sea route to India on July 8, 1497. He had four ships and a crew of 170 men.
  • He made the successful voyage and reached India on May 20, 1498. He was also the commander of two more trips to India.
  • In 1519, he was given a newly created county named Vidigueira. The same year, he also became the first non-royal blood count in Portugal.
  • He had 20 ships on his second trip. They bombarded Calicut in revenge for an attack on a previous expedition.
  • The spices from India were quite popular among Europeans. This was the reason why a safe passage was required.
  • In 1524, Vasco da Gama was named as the Portuguese Viceroy. Before taking over his post, he died.
  • He contracted Malaria during his third visit to India and died in 1524, in Cochin, India.



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