Vasco da Gama

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Vasco da Gama: Marco Polo, Bartholomew Diaz

Gama, Vasco da

(vă`skō də gă`mə, Port. väsh`kō dä gä`mə), c.1469–1524, Portuguese navigator, the first European to journey by sea to India. His epochal voyage (1497–99) was made at the order of Manuel IManuel I,
1469–1521, king of Portugal (1495–1521), successor of John II. Manuel's reign was most notable for the successful continuation of Portugal's overseas enterprises.
..... Click the link for more information.
. With four vessels, he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, passed the easternmost point reached by Bartolomeu DiasDias, Bartolomeu
, d. 1500, Portuguese navigator. He was the first European to round (1488) the Cape of Good Hope, which he called Cabo Tormentoso [cape of storms]. That voyage opened the road to India.
..... Click the link for more information.
 in 1488, continued up the east coast of Africa to Malindi, and sailed across the uncharted Indian Ocean to Calicut. This voyage opened up a way for Europe to reach the wealth of the Indies, and immediately Portugal gained great riches from the spice trade; out of it ultimately grew the Portuguese Empire. Gama dictated the instructions for Cabral's voyage (1500–1502) to India, and in 1502 he himself led a fleet of 20 ships on his second India voyage. With this force he attempted to establish Portuguese power in Indian waters and sought to secure the submission of a number of chiefs on the African coast. He was harsh in his methods and was not as good an administrator as many of the Portuguese captains who later went to the East, but he was the first, and he was honored with many tributes and the title of count of Vidigueria. In 1524 he was sent back to India as viceroy, but he died soon after his arrival. Gama's voyage is the subject of CamõesCamões or Camoens, Luís de
, 1524?–1580, Portuguese poet, the greatest figure in Portuguese literature.
..... Click the link for more information.
's epic The Lusiads.


See A Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama (1898), the journal of one of Gama's subordinates; G. Corrêa, The Three Voyages of Vasco da Gama and His Viceroyalty (1869, repr. 1964); K. G. Jayne, Vasco da Gama and His Successors (1910, repr. 1970); H. H. Hart, Sea Route to the Indies (1950, repr. 1971); N. Cliff, Holy War: How Vasco da Gama's Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations (2011) and The Last Crusade: The Epic Voyages of Vasco Da Gama (2012).

Vasco da Gama:

see Gama, Vasco daGama, Vasco da
, c.1469–1524, Portuguese navigator, the first European to journey by sea to India. His epochal voyage (1497–99) was made at the order of Manuel I.
..... Click the link for more information.

Gama, Vasco da


Born 1469 in Sines, Portugal; died Dec. 24, 1524, in Cochin, India. Portuguese navigator who completed the search for a sea route between Europe and India.

By the time of da Gama’s expedition, the Portuguese had already established a sea route along the west coast of Africa and had gained access to the Indian Ocean (B. Dias, 1487-88). In 1497 the Portuguese outfitted an expedition to India consisting of three vessels (San Gabriel, San Rafael, and Berrio) and a small supply ship. In July 1497 the expedition under the command of da Gama set sail from Lisbon, rounded the Cape of Good Hope and, going north along the eastern coast of Africa with several stops en route, arrived at the Somali harbor of Malindi in 1498. The Arab helmsman Ahmed Ibn Majid was taken on board here to guide the ships to the Indian city of Calicut. Thus, da Gama’s expedition discovered the southeastern coast of Africa (as far as Malindi) and crossed the Indian Ocean. Da Gama established trade and diplomatic relations with the ruler of Calicut and then, at the end of August 1498, he set sail on the return voyage, his ships laden with spices. The expedition arrived at Lisbon in September 1499. Of the 168 crewmen, only 55 returned. (The others had died during the voyage.) This voyage had worldwide historical significance, since a sea route was established for the first time between Europe and the countries of southern Asia, which found themselves within the realm of Portugal’s colonial expansion.

In 1502, da Gama, commanding an armada of 20 ships, made a second voyage to the shores of India. He destroyed Calicut, set up a number of strongholds on the Malabar coast, brutally crushed the resistance of the local rulers, and returned to Lisbon in 1503 with enormous plunder. Da Gama was appointed viceroy of India in 1524, and in the same year he set out on his third—and last—voyage to India, where he died soon after his arrival.


Kunin, K. Vasko da Gama, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1947.
Hart, H. Morskoi put’. v Indiiu [2nd ed.]. Moscow, 1959. (Translated from English.)
Shumovskii, T. A. Tri neizvestnye lotsii Akhmada ibn Madzhida, arabskogo lotsmana Vasko da Gamy .… Moscow-Leningrad, 1957.
Magidovich, I. P. Ocherki po istorii geograficheskikh otkrytii. Moscow, 1967.

Gama, Vasco da

(c. 1460–1524) navigator who discovered route around Africa to India. [Port. Hist.: NCE, 1040]
References in periodicals archive ?
History books state that Vasco Da Gama discovered India, visited the Malabar coast and went back with a lot of pepper.
10) Was Vasco da Gama a navigator or not, or in another words was he required to be a navigator in order to assume command of that fleet?
Vasco da Gama had rarely threatened to breach the Australian defence in a disappointing first half, with Jones proving well up to the task on the two occasions he was called into action.
The voyagers spend several days in Melinde on the east coast of Africa, and at the king's request Vasco da Gama recounts the entire history of Portugal from its origins to the inception of their great voyage (Cantos III, IV, and V).
Recommendation Both teams to score 2pts 5-6 bet365 Scan this tag to go to bet365's market for this match MATCH BETTING BET365 BETFRED BETVICTOR BLUE SQ BOYLES HILLS LADBROKES P POWER Santos 11-8 13-10 11-8 13-10 13-10 27-20 13-10 11-8 Vasco Da Gama 2 15-8 2 15-8 9-5 9-5 9-5 7-4 Draw 9-4 11-5 12-5 11-5 2 11-5 2 21-10 Best-price percentage: 105
ROMARIO has been named as the new Vasco Da Gama boss - despite still being banned for failing a doping test.
Few will not enjoy the story of two Tunisian merchants meeting the explorer Vasco Da Gama on his 'discovery' of India.
United's dream of winning the first World Club Championshipended with defeat from Vasco da Gama on Saturday and the best they can now hope for is a place in the third-place play-offs.
The United chief rates Vasco da Gama as the most dangerous of his side's opponents in Group B and expects the other Brazilian side Corinthians of Sao Paulo to top Group A.
Now GolTV viewers will have access to the best seat in the house and share in the excitement of some of the most important match play on the planet -- 76 uninterrupted live games per year featuring the legendary teams: Flamengo, Corinthians, Fluminense, Sao Paulo, Santos Cruzeiro, Vasco da Gama, Palmeiras, and more.
Address : Ge Gomantak Opp Gurudwara Mangoor Hill Vasco Da Gama Goa - 403802
But Fergie's punishment, which included a one game dugout ban, was the bigger surprise as the legendary Scottish boss continued to rile local media in the build-up to tonight's vital clash with home favourites Vasco da Gama.