Vasco da Gama

1460 - 1524

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Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira (UK: , US: ; 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 (1497–1499) was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and therefore, the West and the Orient. 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 6,442,930 page views. His biography is available in 149 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 146 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, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, 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, Tristão da Cunha, Andrea Solari, Juan de la Cosa, Lorenzo Costa, Tilman Riemenschneider, Pierre de la Rue, and João da Nova. Among people deceased in 1524, Vasco da Gama ranks 1After him are Ismail I, Claude of France, Giulia Farnese, Salaì, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Joachim Patinir, Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, Andrea Solari, Marko Marulić, Hans Holbein the Elder, and Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Vasco da Gama ranks 2 out of 479Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480). After him are Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), José Saramago (1922), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), António Guterres (1949), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), and Afonso I of Portugal (1109).

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), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), Diogo Dias (1450), Tristão da Cunha (1460), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565).