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Vasco da Gama Biography



Vasco da Gama, the famous explorer, was born in the city of Sines, in Portugal, in the year 1469. He got the opportunity to be educated as a nobleman and served in the court of King Joao II because he was the son of the town's governor. He was also employed in the court of King Joao where he served as a nobleman. In the year 1492, he also worked as a naval officer, and commanded defense of Portuguese colonies from the French on the coast of Guinea. He was then handed over the mission to take control of the very first Portuguese voyage around Africa, to India.

Vasco da Gama is renowned for the achievement for having completed the first all water trade between Europe and India. It was believed that, Estavao, Vasco da Gama's father was originally chosen by the King Joao II to make that expedition, but he had passed away much before he could complete his task.

Then the King handed over that task, to Da Gama's brother- Paulo, but he had turned it down. The King felt that it was important that the trip be made, and so, as the King's last choice, he gave it to Vasco da Gama to complete.

It was in the year 1502, that he went out on his next expedition. On February 12th, 1502, he was all organized for an encounter with the much expected Muslim traders. He then had set sail with his many ships, which were all well armed to defeat the Muslim traders when he stumbled upon them. Da Gama had massacred many innocent Indians and Muslims.

On one particular occasion, da Gama had been waiting for a ship to return from Mecca, a Muslim trading and religious centre. But, little did he know that the Portuguese surpassed the ship and got hold of all the merchandise. After which, they locked all of the 380 passengers and then set the ship on fire. It took all of four days for the ship to sink, which killed all the men, women and children.

When he arrived in Calicut, in the year 1502, the Zamorin were willing to sign a treaty. He told the Zamorin that he would have to banish all of the Muslims. To display his power, da Gama killed many fishermen in a gruesome way and floated the corpses onto the shore. Later, da Gama bombarded the city with guns and forced his way into the trading system. This led the way for other Portuguese conquests in the East Indies.

In the year 1503, da Gama had returned home. When he was on his final expedition to India, Vasco da Gama had gotten critically ill and died on December 24th, 1524. Vasco da Gama's remains were taken back to Portugal, where he was buried in the chapel where he had prayed before his first voyage.

   
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