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.
1524 – Died on Christmas eve in Cochin, India.