Vasco da Gama

First Portuguese Explorer

Vasco da Gama Info

Vasco da Gama was born into a noble family in Sines,Portugal in 1460. His character trait was he was smarts about his knowledge of the navigator and was a good leader for a expedition in his young age. He was also ruthless because firing cannons in India and force kings to trade with him. He was the one to find a direct trading route to India.

Voyages, Accomplishments, and Others

They reached Calicut, India, on May 20. But da Gama's own ignorance of the region, as well as his presumption that the residents were Christians, led to some confusion. The residents of Calicut were actually Hindu, a fact that was lost on da Gama and his crew, as they had not heard of the religion.

They reached Calicut, India, on May 20. But da Gama's own ignorance of the region, as well as his presumption that the residents were Christians, led to some confusion. The residents of Calicut were actually Hindu, a fact that was lost on da Gama and his crew, as they had not heard of the religion.Still, the local Hindu ruler welcomed da Gama and his men, at first, and the crew ended up staying in Calicut for three months. Not everyone embraced their presence, especially Muslim traders who clearly had no intention of giving up their trading grounds to Christian visitors.

In 1502, Vasco da Gama helmed another journey to India that included 20 ships. Ten of the ships were directly under his command, with his uncle and nephew helming the others. In the wake of Cabral's success and battles, the king charged da Gama to further secure Portugal's dominance in the region.


His accomplishments was route to India around Africa allowed the Portuguese to create a colonial empire in Asia. His year of exploration was in 1497 to 1498 for the first exploration and the second was in 1502 to late 1524 . He discovered an ocean route from Portugal to the East. His purpose of his voyage was Vasco da Gama's farther, Estevao da Gama,was given the task to find a direct route to Asia. He died before the journey could begin, and the task was given to him. The outcome of his voyage was completing his farther's task.