Vasco Da Gama And The Sea Route To India (Explorers of New by Rachel A Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A Koestler-Grack

A Portuguese navigator whose preliminary voyage to India unfolded the ocean course from Western Europe to the East when it comes to the Cape of excellent wish.

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No Portuguese ship had ever ventured into these waters. Diaz believed he had discovered a sea route to India. He wanted to try to sail onward. The terrifying experience of the storm soured his crew’s attitude. They did not want to risk their lives on the violent, unknown seas. Instead, they mutinied against Diaz. Disappointed, he was forced to turn back. Diaz reached Portugal at the end of 1488 and reported his discovery to King John II. This news excited the king. India was known for its great wealth.

The musicians onboard joined the trumpets in a light tune. All the crew jumped up and started dancing. Even da Gama began to celebrate. They had much to rejoice about—braving the wild Atlantic and rounding the Cape of Good Hope without much trouble. ALONG AFRICA Believing his stop to be a success, da Gama set up a stone pillar called a padrão on the shore. He also pounded wooden crosses into the ground. All Portuguese explorers placed padrãoes on land they had visited. It was their way of claiming the land for the Portuguese king.

Typically, a captain received his position because of family name or social status, or as a reward for some great deed, rather than for his reputation as a skilled seaman. A pilot bore the heaviest responsibility of navigation. In D’Alenquer’s case, this responsibility was tripled, as he would lead the entire fleet. Da Gama’s confidence in D’Alenquer must have been extremely high. Paulo da Gama captained the second ship, the São Rafael. Nicolau Coelho commanded the third and smallest ship, the Berrio.

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