The biography of Vasco da Gama (c1469-1524), who was the Portuguese
commander of the first ships to sail from Europe to India. King
Manuel of Portugal chose Vasco da Gama to open up the sea route to
the east to India, just as Columbus had opened up the sea route to
the west a few years earlier. In 1497 Vasco da Gama set off for
India with a fleet of ships including the Sao Gabriel, the Sao
Rafael, and the Berrio, on what was to become one of the most
important voyages of all time. Vasco da Gama's momentous voyage
continued despite treachery, mutiny, warfare and scurvy, that
resulted in the considerable loss of lives. Vasco da Gama's
discovery of an ocean route to India irreversibly changed the
course of human history. It was the first of three voyages that
Vasco da Gama was to make to India, establishing his place in
history for ever more. Included in its entirety is the Roteiro,
which is the only first hand account of the first voyage of Vasco
da Gama, as well as all the other contemporary descriptions of the
voyage, written by Gaspar Correa, King Manuel, Girolamo Sernigi,
and three Portuguese accounts, and the original descriptions of
Vasco da Gama's second and third voyages. Vasco da Gama is part of
a series of biographies, published by Viartis, concerning "The
Voyages of Discovery" including: Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Pedro
Cabral, Bartolomeu Dias, Amerigo Vespucci, and Prince Henry the
Navigator. Between them they discovered and opened up much of the
then unknown world.
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One of the greatest discoverers of all time
Fri, 2 Jun 2017 | Review by: Robert J
Vasco da Gama was one of the greatest discoverers of all time. The significance of Vasco da Gama's voyage was immeasurable. It was one of the most important voyages of all time. He opened up the sea route to the east just as Columbus had opened up the sea route to the west a few years earlier. Vasco da Gama certainly possessed the courage, ambition, pride and an unwavering steadfastness of purpose necessary for such a voyage. He was not averse to barbarity in the treatment of his enemies. He ordered the upper and lower lips of one of his enemies to be cut off, so that all his teeth showed, and then replaced his enemies ears with those of a dog. On another occasion a large number of his prisoners were hung to the yards of the ships and, after taking them down, he had their hands, feet and heads cut off filling up one of his enemies ships with them !
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