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  1. Vasco Da Gama By: Grace and Sam

  2. Introduction Born in 1469, in Sines, Portugal Father was Estevao da Gama, a Portugese noble and courtier Became a naval officer in 1492 Died on December 35, 1524, in India Da Gama was married to Catarina de Ataide Had 6 sons and 1 Daughter

  3. Purpose • King Manuel 1 chose Portugese navigator Vasco da Gama to sail to India • Vasco da Gama sailed to find a new route to Asia and trade with the princes of India • Vasco da Gama wanted to find a trade route to India and bring back all the riches and spices back to Europe

  4. Voyages • In 1498 Vasco da Gama reached Kozhikode, India by sea • Vasco da Gama sailed from Portugal and after 5 months he rounded the cape of good hope • He sailed with a crew of 170 men • He headed north after rounding the Cape of Good Hope and stopped at trading centres that are now Mocambique, Mozambique, Mombassa, and Malinda, Kenya

  5. Challenges • The Indian princes had no interest in trading with Vasco da Gama because they didn’t like what he had to offer • 120 of Vasco da Gama’s crew men on the ship to India died of Scurvy • On August 29, 1498, a bunch of Indians told Vasco da Gama and his crew that he had to pay high taxes and leave the goods behind • One of Vasco’s ships got lost and out of sight on his first voyage to India

  6. Interesting Facts • Vasco da Gama sailed with four ships, the Berrio, the Saint Gabriel, the Saint Raphael, and a supply ship • Crossing the Indian ocean to India. Sailing with the monsoon wind, had taken da Gama’s ship only 23 days to reach India • In September 1499 da Gama was richly rewarded as the mean who had brought fruition a plan that had taken eighty years to fulfill • While in India, Vasco and his crew had to fight natives that wanted to take advantage of them and charge them high taxes

  7. Historical Contributions • The sea routes established by Vasco da Gama opened up a new trade routes • He was the first explorer to reach India from Europe • For a short time in 1524 Vasco da Gama was governor of Portuguese India under the title of Viceroy. • He had acquired a fearsome reputation as a “fixer” was sent to the subcontinent once more in 1524

  8. Bibliography • www.worldbookonline.com • www.portcities.org. • www.carnivorehealth.com.uk • Dreher, Diane. Explorers Who Got Lost. New York, NY, LLC,1992 Angle Entertainment. • Rosemary, Burton. Journeys Of The Great Explorers. Priestly road, Basingstoke, Hampshire. RG24 9NY, 2001

  9. Quiz #1 • Where was Vasco da Gama born? • Portugal • England A B

  10. Quiz #2 • How many men did Vasco da Gama take with him on his voyage? • 170 • 200 A B

  11. Quiz #3 • How many of da Gama’s men died of Scurvy? • 120 • 50 A B