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Introduction: What Was Vasco da Gama’s Greatest Achievement?

Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer who sailed around the world in 1498. His mission was to find an alternative route to India and by doing so, he opened up trade routes. He also discovered various places around the world. Vasco da Gama is known for being the first person to reach India, by sea, through the Cape of Good Hope. He discovered various other places around the world and he made many voyages throughout his life. Vasco da Gama also helped build a Portuguese empire and in his later years as an aged man he became a wealthy official in Portugal who advised some of the king’s important decisions. By opening up trade routes, he helped shape history and make a difference in the world, though not all of them were positive impacts.

what did vasco da gama succeed in gaining for portugal
what did vasco da gama succeed in gaining for portugal

Vasco Da Gama & His Famous Voyage

Vasco da Gama was born in 1469 in Sines, Portugal. He was the eldest son of Estevão da Gama, a knight of the Order of Christ and a member of the Portuguese court. In 1487, he began his career as a servant to king John II (João II). He had a dream about a mysterious Indian, ‘Estriem’ who showed him the way to India. Since then he was always thinking of this and he decided to travel. In 1492, his father died and left him around £1,200 in his will. This money was enough for him to hire a ship and some men for the next expedition to the East. He therefore set off in 1497 with Francisco de Albuquerque as his captain on the ship ‘São Rafael’. He reached the coast of Kenya on 20th of May 1498. On 21st of May, he reached Malindi and met with a Gujarati Muslim merchant named Ahmad ibn Majid, who gave him a ship and men to accompany him to India. The next day, he set sail for Calicut. It is said that on this voyage da Gama caught malaria in the African river Zambezi. His captain died there from it and most of his crew scattered. Only da Gama, his brother Paulo, and a few others remained. The small crew reached Calicut in 1498.

what did vasco da gama succeed in gaining for portugal
what did vasco da gama succeed in gaining for portugal