Vasco da Gama The Portuguese explorer who was the first to sail to India.
route • Vasco da Gama took a route around Africa to avoid trading with the Muslims. He needed to get to • India without going through the Muslim territory. The Portuguese wanted spices from india at a better price by eliminating the Muslim middlemen.
Vasco da Gama timeline 1492: King John Paul II sent Vasco da Gama to Setubal to stop French shipsfrom destroying Portuguese ships Vasco da Gama sailed around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope and reached the coast of Natal. May 20th, Gama arrived at Calicut, IndiaOctober 5th, Vasco Da Gama started his journey back to Portugal 1502 The king sent Vasco Da Gama on another voyage to India 1467, he sailed from Port Tagus to find a sea route to india 1498: In Zambezi his ships were attacked by the Arabs 1460: Vasco is born 1499 He went back to Portugal and was called ‘Admiral of the Indian Ocean’