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“D. Vasco de Gama,” Histoire de la Conquete de La Floride: ou Relation de Ce Qui S’est Passé Dans La D’ecouverte de Païs Par Ferdinand de Soto; Composee en Espagnol Par L’Inca Garcillasso de la Vega & Traduite en François Par Sr. Pierre Richelet, 1735, From The Library at The Mariners’ Museum, E123.C5 rare.

Vasco da Gama

1460 CE - 1524 CE

Portugal

Primary Goal:

He wanted to find a sea route to Asia by sailing around Africa. He also wanted spices and other goods from Asia.

Achievement:

He found a direct sea route from Europe to Asia, and was the first European to sail to India by going around Africa.