July 8, 1497 CE – Vasco da Gama Leaves Lisbon in Search of a Southern Sea Route to India

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July 8, 1497 CE – Vasco da Gama Leaves Lisbon in Search of a Southern Sea Route to IndiaRate this post Four ships and 170 men caught a gentle Portuguese breeze, floating majestically out of the Lisbon harbor in search of a new route to India. The Sao Gabriel, under the command of Vasco da Gama, led the envoy out into the Atlantic Ocean on July 8th, 1497. Only two of the boats and less than half the crew would return from the voyage east. For much of the early part of the journey, da Gama and his men sailed along known routes hugging the western coast of Africa. As […]