Wednesday, 17 May 2017

How India was Discovered?

Admiral Dom Vasco-da-Gama (c.1469-1524)-I, Portuguese navigator, arrived in India. He sailed around the Cape of Good Hope to Calicut, Kerala with three vessels and was the first Westerner to sail to India from Europe.

Admiral Dom Vasco-da-Gama

In 1497 Vasco da Gama set off on the first ocean journey directly from Europe to India. Other explorers had made it around the Cape of Good Hope, but Gama was the first to successfully cross the Indian Ocean and make port in Calicut. In that sense, Vasco da Gama was the first to discover a sea route to India.

Dom Vasco da Gama was born circa 1469 at Sines and died on Christmas eve in Cochin, India, in 1524, being Viceroy of India. After his successful first voyage by sea to India (1497-1499), King Emmanuel I gave him the title of Dom (Lord) with an annual grant of 300.000 reais, for him and his descendants, and appointed him Admiral of the Indies (January, 1500). In 1519, the Admiral was granted the coveted title of Count of Vidigueira

His voyages to India opened up the sea route from Western Europe to the East by the way of Cape of Good Hope and thus ushered in a new era in world history.

With the cumulative effects of the arduous journeys and what is perhaps consistent with anthrax bacillary infection, Vasco da Gama died in Cochin on December 25, 1524


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