Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama
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  • In Sines, Portugal, 1460, Vasco da Gama was born into a noble family. He later was taught how to navigate when he joined the navy at a young age.
  • I found the Cape of Good Hope!
  •  When Bartolomeu Dias discovered the southern tip of Africa and the Cape of Good Hope, it made explorers like Vasco da Gama want to find a trade route for India.
  • Hmm...
  • In 1498, da Gama reached a Muslim city-state. No one was accepting for his gifs and did not like their presence.
  • The Hindu ruler welcomed da Gama and the crew. This lead to everyone staying in Calicut for three months. Alas, not everyone liked them staying around. In 1499, Da Gama left during a monsoon so many people from his crew got sick or died. It took a year to reach Portugal from India.
  • Sick or dead 
  • Da Gama's crew set fire to a Muslim ship, killing the several hundreds of people. He also killed 38 hostages in Calicut's trade port.
  • Da Gama was still in contact with King Manuel and was named count of Vidigueira in 1519.  In 1524, King John III named da Gama Portuguese viceroy in India.
  • You are now viceroy in India!
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