Vasco da Gama Fact Sheet: Who was Vasco da Gama? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Vasco da Gama.
Vasco da Gama Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1460ís - 1524 *** Full Name: Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira *** Occupation: Portuguese Explorer *** Date of Birth: Vasco da Gamaís exact date of birth is unknown *** Place of Birth: Vasco da Gama was born in in Sines, Portugal on the South West coast *** Family background: His father was EstÍv„o da Gama and his mother was Jo„o SodrŤ. His fatherís family was connected to the household of Infante Ferdinand, Duke of Viseu and his motherís family to Infante Diogo, Duke of Viseu *** Early life and childhood: He grew up *** Education: Vasco da Gamaís education has not been recorded but it is surmised he would have been educated befitting his station. A local historian has suggested Vasco da Gama may have studied at a town called »vora where it is likely he took lessons in mathematics and navigation. ***
Vasco da Gama Fact 1: Vasco da Gama was born in 1460ís and during the 15th century period in history when which is described as the late middle ages to early Renaissance and early modern period and when Portugal and Spain were exploring the oceans of the world and colonizing new lands.
Vasco da Gama Fact 8: It was understood that no route existed between Portugal and the East, but Vasco da Gama believed otherwise and was subsequently able to prove it buy sailing around Africa and on to India.
Vasco da Gama Fact 9: He would over time make several journeys to India, encountering dangers along the way in the form of fighting Arabs and fierce weather conditions at sea.
Vasco da Gama Fact 10: It would be his third and final trip to India that would see Vasco da Gama struck down with malaria shortly after their arrival.
Vasco da Gama Fact 11: Two of his sonís accompanied him on this voyage.
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