2Background Information Da Gama was born in 1469 in Sines, Portugal and died on December 25, 1524He was a Portuguese sea captain and explorerAs a young man learned the science of astronomy and navigationHe joined the navy in 1492
3VoyagesOn July 8, 1497, he led a fleet of four ships; Berrio, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, and a supply shipA total crew of 170 men representing PortugalHe sailed south along the west coast of Africa and rounded the Cape of Good Hope on November 22On May 20, 1498, da Gama reached Kozhikode (also known as Calicut), India
4Purpose of ExpeditionTo find a sea route to Asia by travelling south down the west coast of Africa and to round the Cape of Good Hope and sail up into India.
5Hardships FacedWhen da Gama arrived at Kozhikode the Indian ruler felt insulted because he thought the gifts he brought him were of little valueOn da Gama’s way back from Kozhikode in 1498 many sailors died do to disease only 55 out of 170 men survived
6Other Notable Occurrences Da Gama returned in 1502 to establish and expand trade thereHe sailed from Lisbon with a fleet of fifteen shipsDa Gama killed many innocent Muslims and Indians in revenge for violence against Portuguese sailorsPortugal soon became 0ne of the most important trading and naval powers in the Indian Ocean
7Historical Contributions Da Gama was the first to find a sea route to India by sailing south down the west coast of Africa, rounding the Cape of Good Hope, and sailing up into IndiaHe was also the first to establish trade with India by an alternate sea route than the Ottoman Turks taxed route
8Bibliography Quiz Time! Books: Grant, Neil. The Great Atlas of Discovery. Toronto: McClellan and Stuart Inc, Print.Knight, David. Vasco da Gama. Mahwah, N.J: Troll Associates, Print.Pictures:e-ducation.net/discoveryandexploration.htmWebsites:Halikowski Smith, Stefan. "Da Gama, Vasco." World Book Student. World Book, Web. 28 April 2010.Explorers of the Millennium. thinkquest.org Web. 28 AprilEncyclopedia“Da Gama.” The World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia. 2004, 2003, 2002 World Book Inc. ed. PrintQuiz Time!
9Quiz Da Gama was born in Sines, Portugal. TrueFalseDa Gama was born in Sines, Portugal.Da Gama was the first to find a sea route to India by sailing south down the east coast of Africa, and rounding the Cape of Good Hope.Da Gama was the second to round the Cape of good Hope.On da Gama’s way back from Kozhikode in 1498 many sailors died do to disease only 53 out of 170 men survived.TrueFalseTrueFalseTrueFalse