Vasco da Gama
First person to sail directly from Europe to India
Who he sailed for?
Years of explorations
He was given the town of since as an hereditary fief,made a noble,awarded the title of Admiral of the seas of Arabia,Persia,India,and all the Orient,and guaranteed a royal pension of 300 reis.
During the war between Portugal and and Calicut over lack and diplomacy.local merchants destroyed the trading post, Gama volunteered to make a second voyage,setting out with a fleet of ships to end the war and resume trade.Once there he was offered another treaty.
Purpose of his voyages
Outcome of his voyages
The Portuguese founded a seaborne commercial empire from which they tried to drain middlemen's profits from a trade still on the whole unfavorably balanced against Europe.