THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: MAY 23, 1498

This week in history Vasco da Gama sailed to India. Vasco da Gama made one of the most important voyages of exploration in the Renaissance. Unlike Christopher Columbus, he did not discover new lands unknown to Europeans. Instead, da Gama pioneered a new route to Asia, a place known to Europeans but very difficult to reach. By sailing around Africa to India, da Gama opened the door to trade, conquest, and a Portuguese empire in East Africa and Asia.

“Gama, Vasco da ca. 1469–1524 Portuguese Explorer.” Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students. Ed. Paul F. Grendler. Vol. 2. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004. 114. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web.

To learn more about Vasco da Gama’s voyages, click here.

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