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Gama, Vasco da

Born: 1469 AD
Died: 1524 AD
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Portuguese explorer

 

 

1495 – Appointed as governor of the Order of St. James

 

1498 – Led 1st expedition successfully to sail from Europe around Cape of Good Hope to Asia, leaving from Lisbon

 

1497 – Arrived at Calcutta

 

1497 – 1499 – Discovered India

 

1502 – Founded Portuguese colony in Mozambique

 

1503-1507 – Returned from India and around , Vasco da Gama was transferred to the Order of Christ, under the governorship of King Emmanuel I himself, in what can be seen as a means of solving his disputes with the Order of St. James over the lordship of Sines or as a sign of promotion.

 

1524Died on Christmas eve in Cochin, India.