Vasco da Gama

Definition

Vasco da Gama (c. 1469-1524) was a Portuguese navigator who, in 1497-9, sailed around the Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa and arrived at Calicut (now Kozhikode) on the south-west coast of India. This was the first direct voyage from Portugal to India and allowed the Europeans to cut in on the immensely lucrative Eastern trade in spices.

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  • c. 1469
    Vasco da Gama is born in Sines in the Alentejo region of Portugal.
  • 1492
    Vasco da Gama commands a small fleet which captures French vessels in several southern Portuguese ports.
  • 8 Jul 1497 - Aug 1499
    The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama sails around the Cape of Good Hope and on to India and back.
  • 24 Apr 1498 - 18 May 1498
    Vasco da Gama crosses the Indian Ocean for the first time by sailing from Malindi to Calicut, India.
  • 1502 - 1503
    Vasco da Gama sails a 15-ship fleet from Portugal to Calicut, India.
  • Apr 1524
    Vasco da Gama sails om his third voyage from Portugal to India.
  • 24 Dec 1524
    Vasco da Gama dies of illness at Portuguese Cochin in India.
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