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Vasco Da Gama: Discovering the Sea Route to India
     

Vasco Da Gama: Discovering the Sea Route to India

by Tony Napoli
 

After traveling thousands of miles through wild storms and uncharted seas with few supplies remaining, Vasco da Gama reached his destination-the coast of India. In 1498, he became the first European explorer to connect Europe and Asia by sea. Throughout his life, da Gama traveled to India three times, developing trade posts, strengthening military power, and

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After traveling thousands of miles through wild storms and uncharted seas with few supplies remaining, Vasco da Gama reached his destination-the coast of India. In 1498, he became the first European explorer to connect Europe and Asia by sea. Throughout his life, da Gama traveled to India three times, developing trade posts, strengthening military power, and expanding the Portuguese: Empire. Although he was known for his ruthless behavior, his important achievements made him a national hero and a great explorer in world history.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Many students may learn just one fact about Vasco da Gama: he was the first European to get to India from Europe entirely by sea. This book gives the details of that first treacherous voyage and explains why da Gama has become a Portuguese national hero. Because Portugal had developed a substantial navy, King Dom Manuel was eager to use this advantage to the country's benefit. Da Gama was tasked, then, not only with the sailing duties, but with building relationships with the people along the route and in Calicut. He established diplomatic ties, despite religious obstacles and competition, and learned valuable information to take back to Portugal. On two return trips, he left his permanent mark on the connection between Portugal and India. This explorer's life story is very well told; the danger and excitement is smoothly conveyed. The facts are explained clearly, without losing the pace of the tale. A timeline at the beginning and maps carefully placed throughout add to the clarity of the story without interrupting the text. A glossary, index, and suggestions for further reading expand opportunities for understanding and further learning. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598451276
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Great Explorers of the World Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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