Vasco da Gama
Motivation for exploration
Vasco da Gama's motivation for travel is God, and "Gold". His first goal was to spread christian faith, to new lands. His Seconded motivation was to find a direct trade route to Asia to gain access to new spices and other goods. This would make his town much richer by buying, selling, and trading goods.
Vasco de Ghama is credited with finding a direct sea route from Europe to Asia, by sailing around Africa.