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Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira was a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India...
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1497
7.8.1497
Vasco da Gama sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
12.16.1497
Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
1498
5.18.1498
Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India.
5.20.1498
Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.
8.29.1498
Vasco da Gama decides to depart Calicut and return to Portugal.
1499
7.10.1499
Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returns to Lisbon, after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama.
1502
2.12.1502
Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.