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Vasco da Gama
Transcript of Vasco da Gama
FULL NAME : Vasco da Gama
Date of Death : DECEMBER 24, 1524
By: Kamryn David
Date of birth : 1460
Country of Birth : Portugal
Country he sailed for : Portugal
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Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail directly from Europe to India. He was commissioned by the Portuguese king to find a maritime route to the east. His success in doing so proved to be one of the more instrumental moments in the history of navigation. He started his first, second, and third trip in Lisbon, Portugal. Vasco da Gama traveled to Calicut, India, and through the Cape of Good Hope. He accomplished opening up a trade route by the east by sea. He had helped Portugal continue to trade India and become very rich and a powerful country.
The Sao Gabriel was the flagship of Vasco da Gama's armada. The length was about 25.7m and the beam was about 8.5m. It weighed about 100 tons.
THE CREW WAS MADE UP OF 170 MEN. MANY HAD SICKEN WHEN THEY PASSED CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. ONLY 54 OF HIS ORIGINAL CREW OF MEN HAD MADE IT BACK FROM INDIA. MOST OF HIS MEN ATTENDED THE NAVIGATIONAL ACADEMY TO LEARN TO SAIL.
Vasco da Gama started all 4 of his voyages in Lisbon, Portugal. He also ended most of his voyages in Calicut, India. An important place he traveled through was the Cape of Good Hope.
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