Vasco de Gama

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  • Portugal is currently the leading maritime nation, it would be a perfect opportunity to discover new lands!
  • Vasco de Gama, I appoint you to embark on this journey!
  • I would be honored!
  • I feel ready to take on this journey and discover new lands!
  • In the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator brought map makers, geographers, astronomers, and navigators to Portugal. He wanted to find a sea route to India.
  • Thank you for accompanying us, Bartholomew!
  • Fear not lads, I will lead you to the Canary Islands!
  • In 1487, Bartholomew Diaz set off on a voyage and reached the southern tip of Africa making the route to India a valid possibility. With further discoveries and 10 years later, the Portuguese were finally ready to discover the route to India. Manuel I appointed Vaso da Gama to lead the voyage.
  • We have reached farther than ever before! I know that we can make it to India!
  • The crew is tired and starting to wear. We have also lost the storage ship.
  • Vasco da Gama was a noble who was born in 1460 in Sines, Portugal. His father was the provincial governor. Vasco da Gama joined the navy and served in the war against Castille with destinction.
  • Come, see our lands and let your crew rest.
  • I thank you graciously for your kindness.
  • The crew consisted of 170 men and 4 ships. St Gabriel was captained by Vasco da Gamma, St Raphael was commanded by his brother Paolo da Gamma, a lanteen caravel was commended by Berrio Nicolau Coelho, and the fourth ship was for storing goods. The fleet set sail on 8 July 1497 with Bartholomew Diaz as a guide for the beginning of the journey.
  • Bartholomew left the crew upon arrival to the canary islands. He advised a route, but this led them away from land for 13 weeks. The arrived at St. Helena Bay on November 7th. Two days later, they rounded the Cape of Good Hope and laded in Mossel Bay. From here, they would embark into unknown waters.
  • On 2 March 1498, Vasco da Gamma reached the port of Mozambique, a Muslim state on the southern point of the east African coast. The sultan refused his gifts and trade. They continued on to Mombassa and finally were welcomed in Malindi. Here recruited an Arab navigator, Amhed Ibn Majid to make it to India.
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