The caravel, developed by the Portuguese, was a ship that combined the square sails of European ships with Arab triangular sails. As well, this ship adapted the sternpost rudder and various masts of Chinese ships.  These adjustments made it easier to sail.

The caravel, developed by the Portuguese, was a ship that combined the square sails of European ships with Arab triangular sails. As well, this ship adapted the sternpost rudder and various masts of Chinese ships. These adjustments made it easier to sail.

Op 24 december 1524, de Portugese ontdekkingsreiziger Vasco da Gama, 1e graaf van Vidigueira, overleed. Hij was een van de meest succesvolle ontdekkingsreizigers in het tijdperk van de Discovery en de commandant van de eerste schepen om direct te varen van Europa naar India.

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, Count of Vidigueira. He was one of the most successful explorers in the Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India.

The Portuguese arriving in Ceuta circa 1415, drawing by Braun and Hogenberg

The Portuguese arriving in Ceuta circa drawing by Braun and Hogenberg

"Sixty-four days out of Lisbon," the fidalgo said, "forty days west of Cabo Verde, and still no Terra de Santa Cruz..." Cavalcanti was thinking of Gomes de Pina's use of the old name — Land of the Holy Cross — given to the territory by Pedro Álvares Cabral when he discovered it for Portugal in 1500. On the Lisbon waterfront, it was Terra do Papagaio (Land of Parrots) or Terra do Brasil, named for the brazilwood taken from its wild shores. -- from Brazil, a Novel by Errol Lincoln Uys

"Sixty-four days out of Lisbon," the fidalgo said, "forty days west of Cabo…

Vasco de Gama  Portuguese sailor and explorer late 1400's-early 1500's  Helped make Portugal rich & powerful when he established the trade route from Portugal east to India

Vasco de Gama Portuguese sailor and explorer late Helped make Portugal rich & powerful when he established the trade route from Portugal east to India

A Portuguese nau (carrack) as depicted in a map made by Sebastião Lópes in 1565. Taken from "O império marítimo português 1415–1825", Charles R. Boxer, 2002

A Portuguese nau (carrack) as depicted in a map made by Sebastião Lópes in

History Of Bartholomew Diaz (Vasco da Gama) and The Sea Route Discovered by him to India

In 1492 Vasco Da Gama earned his reputation as a sailor when he was sent to algrave region by the order king John II to go steal French ships as an act of vengeance. This order was given because the French were interrupting Portuguese shipping.

image of Asia Recens Summa Cura Delineata...

image of Asia Recens Summa Cura Delineata...

portrait of Vasco da Gama

In Vasco de Gama led a journey to the spice port of Calicut. The voyage home cost the lives of many sailors but proved highly profitable to the survivors. The Portuguese seized key ports around the Indian Ocean.

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