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Vasco da Gama

1460 - 1524

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Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira (; European Portuguese: [ˈvaʃku ðɐ ˈɣɐ̃mɐ]; c. 1460s – 24 December 1524), was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea.His initial voyage to India by way of Cape of Good Hope (1497–1499) was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans. This is widely considered a milestone in world history, as it marked the beginning of a sea-based phase of global multiculturalism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasco da Gama has received more than 8,627,827 page views. His biography is available in 154 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 149 in 2019). Vasco da Gama is the 4th most popular explorer, the 2nd most popular biography from Portugal and the 2nd most popular Portuguese Explorer.

Vasco da Gama is most famous for being the first European to sail around Africa to India.

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Among explorers, Vasco da Gama ranks 4 out of 405Before him are Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand Magellan. After him are Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1460, Vasco da Gama ranks 1After him are Juan Ponce de León, Johann Tetzel, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples, Bartholomew Columbus, Judah Leon Abravanel, Juan de la Cosa, Tristão da Cunha, Lorenzo Costa, Jacopo de' Barbari, and Geertgen tot Sint Jans. Among people deceased in 1524, Vasco da Gama ranks 1After him are Ismail I, Claude of France, Giulia Farnese, Joachim Patinir, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Salaì, Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, Marko Marulić, Andrea Solari, Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, and Hans Holbein the Elder.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Vasco da Gama ranks 2 out of 555Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480). After him are Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), José Saramago (1922), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), António Guterres (1949), Fernando Pessoa (1888), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), and Pope Damasus I (305).

Among EXPLORERS In Portugal

Among explorers born in Portugal, Vasco da Gama ranks 2Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480). After him are Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Diogo Cão (1440), Diego Columbus (1479), Diogo Dias (1450), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), and Tristão da Cunha (1460).