December 16 1497 – Vasco da Gama Becomes the First European to Round the Tip of Africa

December 16 1497 – Vasco da Gama Becomes the First European to Round the Tip of Africa5 (100%) 2 votes *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Five months after leaving Lisbon, Vasco da Gama made a turn that ensured European trade and the Indian subcontinent would never be the same. As he directed his fleet east around the Cape of Good Hope on December 16, 1497, he and his crew entered the history books as the first of many expeditions to sail along the eastern coast of Africa for a journey across the Indian Ocean. Determined to push beyond the limits set by countryman Bartolomeu Dias, da Gama gathered 170 Portuguese sailors […]