Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese sailor, was born in a small seaport near Portugal in 1469. In the 15th century, European sailors undertook unprecedented explorations of sea routes. They were driven by the desire to find ways of reaching the Indian subcontinent and obtaining spices. Vasco da Gama was one of those who sailed across the Atlantic to the African coast, went around it to cross over the Indian Ocean.

Vasco da Gama Biography

Estevao da Gama, his father, was a solider in the Portuguese court. Vasco da Gama works under a person holding highest rank in England -Prince Dom Frenoyo collects tax from the people on his behalf.

Vasco da Gama Education

Vasco da Gama can speak many languages and very good in physics, math, geometry and astronomy. These all subjects gave him enough knowledge to pursue his aim of becoming a sailor. Vasco da Gama got his education in Evora. Vasco da Gama studied astronomy from Abraham Zacuto. 
Vasco da Gama Married Life 
Vasco da Gama was married to Dona Isabel Sodre English women. They were very satisfied of their married life. They had six sons and one daughter.

The Brief Decsrption of Vasco da Gama Voyages

•To take hold of French ships on the Lisbon coast King John II 1492 sent him to Setubal as French attackers were troubling protégées ships.
•The authority of a journey to find a sea course to East Indies was given at Vasco da Gama.
•Vasco da Gama navigated from Lisbon under the guidance of the three Da Gama brother-1)Vasco 2)Paulo 3)Nicolao Coelho went along with a troops of about one hundred and fifty men and, four ships- 1)The Sao Gabriel 2)The Sao Rafael 3)The Barrio 4)The store ship.
•Vasco da Gama navigated in the region of the Cloak of Good wish in Africa in November 1497 
•On 25 December 1497 Da Gama arrived at the shore of Natal.
January 1498 Vasco da Gama arrived at the entrance of the Zambezi.
•The Arabs attacked them in between their voyage
•The journey of discovery arrived at its aim – Calicut and The Indies, India on 20th May, 1498.Where Vasco da Gama was welcomed by cheering people.
•Back for Vasco da Gama home and Portugal Vasco Da Gama put his sail on October 5, 1498.
•Vasco da Gama got great praise from everyone when he came back to Portugal in the month of September 1499; Vasco da Gama became Admiral of the Indian Ocean.
•One more voyage sent by King Manuel I to India in 1502 Vasco da Gama came back in 1503
•Vasco da Gama bequeathed with the title of Count in 1519 
•Vasco da Gama came India in 1524 as the Portuguese viceroy .King John III chose him on this trip. 
•These are all about food which Gama carries with him when Vasco da Gama was on some voyage for many days.

Different Aids on Vasco da Gama Astrolabe

  • Charts
  • Compass
  • Cooss staffs
  • Traverse boards
  • Almanacs
  • These were all used by him to calculate the angle between things over the ocean, like stars the sun, with sphere. It helps him to compute the ship’s location at sea.


Men's football


o South American Club Championship: 1948
o Torneio Octagonal Rivadavia Correa Meyer- 1953
o Tournament of Paris -1957
o Tap Cup (Newark, USA/1987)
o Mercosur Cup- 2000
o Libertadores Cup: 1998
o Golden Cup (Los Angeles, USA-1987)


o Rio-Sao Paulo Tournament: 1958, 1966, 1999
o Brazilian National Championship- 1974, 1989, 1997, 2000


o Rio Trophy: 1984, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004
o Twenty-two State Championships: 1923, 1924, 1929, 1934, 1936, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1956, 1958, 1970, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 2003
o State Championship Second Division: 1922
o Guanabara Trophy: 1965, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
o Rio Cup: 1992, 1993

Vasco da Gama Tragic End

Vasco da Gama died on Christmas Eve in 1524 in Cochin due to malaria .In Cochin St. Francis Church near Fort Kochi, his body was first buried in 1539 his remains were returned to Portugal. Vasco da Gama body was re-interred in a coffer with precious stones and gold in Vidigueira.

The Last Words

In fifteenth and sixteenth centuries a bold man Gama sailed in unexplored waters to unidentified lands and undertook bold adventurers in return Vasco da Gama got fame, magnificence and the prosperity. The existing situations on board of the small ships were fundamental and the trips were risky. In spite of the obvious hazards, the routes that were opened by him proved to be extremely profitable.