Vasco Da Gama and the Sea Route to Indiaby Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
On July 8, 1497, Vasco da Gama set out to find a sea route to the East Indies. He returned 27,000 miles later, having accomplished the impossible. Da Gama brought back stories of a marketplace overflowing with riches-gold, exotic spices, expensive cloths, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. The brave seaman with an iron will courageously charted waters no other Portuguese sailor had ever seen. He opened a European trade route with one of the wealthiest areas of the world. He brought great wealth and power to his country. And with it he brought the anger, hatred, and mistrust of the people of faraway India.
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