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  • Was born on 1460-69 was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. 
  • one of the few seaports on the Alentejo coast, southwest Portugal, probably in a house near the church of Nossa Senhora das Salas.
  •  His initial voyage to India (1497–1499) was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route.
  • Connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and therefore, the West and the Orient.
  •  Unopposed access to the Indian spice routes boosted the economy of the Portuguese Empire, which was previously based along northern and coastal West Africa.
  • The main spices at first obtained from Southeast Asia were pepper and cinnamon, but soon included other products, all new to Europe.
  • He led two of the Portuguese India Armadas, the first and the fourth. The latter was the largest and departed for India four years after his return from the first one. 
  •  For his contributions, in 1524 da Gama was appointed Governor of India, with the title of Viceroy, and was ennobled as Count of Vidigueira in 1519.
  • Vasco da Gama remains a leading figure in the history of exploration.
  • Vasco da Gama and his wife, Catarina de Ataíde, had six sons and one daughter.
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