Vasco da Gama

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Vvasco Vasco da Gama (1469 – 1524)

Biography of the life of Vasco da Gama : 

Biography of the life of Vasco da Gama Nationality - Portuguese Lifespan - 1469 - 1524 Family - Father was Estevao da Gama a Portuguese noble and Courtier Education - Well educated befitting his status Career - Explorer and Navigator Famous for : Discovered an ocean route from Portugal to the East, assumed to be impossible feat as it was believed that the Indian Ocean was not connected to any other seas

Early Life : 

Early Life Born on 1460 or 1469 in Sines, Portugal Studied Mathematics & Navigation at the inland town of Evora Knew Astronomy well He studied from the astronomer Abraham Zacuto In 1492, was sent to seize French ships in retaliation for peace rime depredations against Portugese shipping

First Voyage : 

First Voyage Sent by King John II Started on 8 July 1497 It consists of 4 ships & a crew of 179 22 November 1497 – Sailed around the Cape of Good Hope 25 December 1497 – Reached the Coast of Natal January 1498 – Reached the mouth of the Zambezi 20 May 1498 – Reached India 5 October 1498 – Sets Sail for home September 1499 – Returns to home

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Sent by King Manuel I Started on 12 February 1502 It consists of 20 War Ships In this Voyage: - engaged in privateer actions against Arab merchant ships - destroyed a Calicut Fleet of 29 ships - extracted favorable trading concessions - returned home in September 1503 Second Voyage

Third Voyage : 

Third Voyage Sent by King John III Started in 1524 Aim is to replace the incompetent Eduardo de Menezes as viceroy of the Portuguese possessions Contracted Malaria and Died on 24 December 1524 Body was 1st buried at St. Francis Church ( Kochi) His remains were returned to Portugal in 1539 The Monastery of Hieronymites was erected in honour of his voyage to India

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Vasco da Gama's tomb

His Contributions : 

His Contributions Found a sea route to the East Indies Responsible for Portugal’s success as an colonizing power His voyages proved vital to maintaining national trade routes to the Far East

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