Born in Sines, Portugal
He lived in Portugal
most likely attended school in the town of Évora
Portuguese explorer and sea captain who discovered a route from Portugal to
Learned navigation and astronomy
Da Gama’s voage to India 1497- 1498
led a fleet of four ships : the Barrio, the Saint Gabriel, the
Saint Raphael, and a supply ship.
navigational equipment included compasses, an astrolabe
and astronomical charts.
had a crew of about 170 men
Da Gama sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, on July 8, 1497
Voyage to India
around Port of Good Hope
to Mozambique, Mozambique and Mombasa and Malindi
Ended up in Goa, India
Find a new trade route to Asia
Find riches such as jewels, spices, and more
Only went because Da Gama’s father refused to go
To find a way to get to India without sailing in enemy
From Portugal at the end of the 15th century
went around the southern tip of Africa
called the Cape of Good Hope to India by sea
Arrived at India in 1498
Storms on the sea when sailing.
Food gone bad or none left
Ran out of water during expedition
Not enough vitamin C and got scurvy
A group of Africans wounded of Da Gama’s crew
First trading post in India was torn down by the locals
He became a count for one of the cities in Portugal
Became Viceroy of India
Advisor to King John III
Killed many innocent Indians in revenge for violence
Vasco Da Gama returned twice more to India:
once to avenge Portuguese merchants who were killed by
Muslim traders in 1502 and
another time to become the viceroy of India in 1524.
When Da Gama returned to avenge the deaths of the
traders, the King made him an admiral
First to sail around the tip of Africa called the Cape of
Good Hope to India
Brought back goods from India
Established first all-water trade route between Europe
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