I accept, with honor and promise to come back with glory
I am King Manuel I of Portugal and I declare an expedition to India
A new land!
Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese nobleman was sent on an expedition by King Manuel I who also funded his expedition.
Short and Long Term Consequences
Vasco da Gama was the first person to reach India sailing by the African coast.
Long and Short Term Consequences
On July 8th, 1497 Vasco da Gama led a fleet of four ships with a crew of 170 men from Lisbon to India
Elevated the status of Portugal as a major player in world tradeand finding a new trade route
"His image in the eyes of Indians, in particular, was that of a savage, greedy man who exploited the peoples of East Africa and India in order to plunder their wealth" and many Africans died fighting against him.