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ON THIS DAY TODAY

  • 519 years ago today Vasco Da Gama set foot in INDIA.
  • Discovery of India by Da Gama is considered to be the milestone in the field of navigation.
  • Vasco da Gama left on his first voyage from Lisbon, Portugal on July 8, 1497. He had 170 men and 4 ships.
  • The expedition rounded the southern tip of Africa at the Cape of Good Hope on November 22. They then headed north up the coast of Africa.
  • They stopped at trading ports along the way including Mombasa and Malindi.
  • At Malindi they gained a local navigator who knew the direction to India.
  • With the help of a Monsoon wind they were able to cross the Indian Ocean and arrive in Calicut, India in less than a month.

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