Vasco da Gama

(c. 1469—1524) Portuguese explorer

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(c. 1469–1524),

Portuguese explorer. He led the first European expedition round the Cape of Good Hope in 1497, sighting and naming Natal on Christmas Day before crossing the Indian Ocean and arriving in Calicut in 1498.

Subjects: Maritime History — Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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