Vasco de Gama

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Vasco de Gama

Vasco da Gama

- In 1497, he was commissioned by the Portuguese king to find a maritime route to the east.  - When Vasco da Gama was young, he joined the navy, where he was taught how to navigate

- Vasco da Gama was known as a tough and fearless navigator. - Gama's ship was 200 tons and was named St. Gabriel. - Vasco da Gama solidified his reputation as a reputable sailor when, in 1492, King John II of Portugal dispatched him of the south of Lisbon and then to the AlgarveRegion of the country.

Vasco da Gama died in Cochin from possibly overworking himself. His body was sailed back to Portugal, and was buried there, in 1538.


Date of birth/death

1460 - 1524


History of Vasco da Gama

- Vasco da Gama led a Portuguese expedition.- Sailed around Africa and across the Indian Ocean and landed in the city of Calicut- Returned to Portugal in triumph with a cargo of precious spices.

Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail directly form Europe to India.

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