Vasco da Gama the Famous Explorer

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.

Vasco Da Gama Facts

In the year 1492, he also worked as a naval officer and commanded the 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
Vasco da Gama

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 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 is made, and so, as the King’s last choice, he gave it to Vasco da Gama to complete.

Vasco Da Gama Ship

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. 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.

Vasco Da Gama Ship
Vasco Da Gama Ship

He then had set sail with his many ships, which were all well armed to defeat the Muslim traders when he stumbled upon them. Vasco da Gama was ill-treated by the King of Calicut.

He says, “I feel in my heart a great desire and inclination to go and make great havoc of him” So, he was sent with an army of people to the coast of India. When he arrived in Calicut, he abused them to such an extreme and to a great degree of cruelty. He was instrumental in making Portugal for a time the leading commercial nation of Europe.

When did Vasco Da Gama Die

Vasco da Gama had died in India and was buried in a monastery, but his remains were subsequently brought home and interred with pomp and ceremony. He had plans of staying at home, enjoying his last days with his family, but all that had changed completely when he decided to go to India to make sure everything was alright there.

Born: c. 1469
Birthplace: Sines, Alentejo, Portugal
Died: 24-Dec-1524
Location of death: Cochin, India
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal

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