Vasco da Gama

by: Brandon Morgan

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The Portuguese Explorer

Explorer Vasco da Gama was born in Sines, Portugal, around 1460. In 1497, he was commissioned by the Portuguese king to find a maritime route to the East. His success in doing so proved to be one of the more instrumental moments in the history of navigation. He subsequently made two other voyages to India, and was appointed as Portuguese viceroy in India in 1524.


Vasco da Gama was a great explorer who found the first sea route connecting Europe and India. Accomplishing this, he set a new era of trade which increased money. His accomplishment will be remembered forever.