Vasco da Gama’s First Voyage to India

Voyage to link Europe and Asia

Vasco da Gama’s First Voyage to India

On this day, 8 July 1497, Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon with 4 ships, and he ultimately opened a sea route from Western Europe to Asia by way of the Cape of Good Hope. This is widely considered a milestone in world history, as it marked the beginning of a sea-based phase of global multiculturalism. It took a year to reach the city of Calicut in southern India and became the first European to set foot in India by way of the sea.

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