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Vasco da Gama (c. 1460 – 1524) was the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India. Because of this journey, he was appointed Viceroy of India and also Admiral of the seas of Persia, Arabia, and India. [citation needed]

Biography[]

In 1503, after Pedro Álvares Cabral's failure to eliminate the Indian Assassins, King Manuel I of Portugal, influenced by the Borgia, sent Vasco da Gama with 800 men strong to Calicut. Da Gama was to complete what Cabral had failed, and used the guise of the expulsion of all Muslims to cause enough chaos to stir up the Brotherhood there. His fleet bombarded the city, killing hundreds, but the captains sent to take control of the area were finally killed or driven from the city.[1]

Vasco also wrote a personal diary at some point in his life. One of the pages ended up in the possession of Peter Beckford during the Golden Age of Piracy and was looted by Edward Kenway.[2]

Trivia[]

  • Vasco da Gama was a likely owner or scholar of the Voynich manuscript or one of its copies and wrote about it in his diary.[3]

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