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Vasco da Gama was born in Sines Portugal in 1469 Da Gama also served as a navel officer and in 1492 he commanded a defence of Portuguese colonies from the French on the coast of Guinea Da Gama was then given the mission to the take command of the first Portuguese expedition around Africa to India When Vasco da Gama set out on July 8 1497 he and his crew planned and equipped four ships Paulo da Gamas brother commanded the Sao Rafael The other two ships were the Berrio and the Starship Most of the men working on those ships were convicts and were treated as property On the voyage da Gama set out from Lisbon Portugal rounded the Cape of Good Hope on November 22 and sailed north Da Gama made various stops along the northern coast of Africa such as trading centres As the ships sailed along the east coast of Africa many conflicts arose between the Portuguese and the Muslims who had already established trading centres along the coast Vasco da Gama finally arrived in Calicut India on May 20 1498 Calicut was the principle market of trade for precious stones pearls and spices At first the Portuguese were well received and accepted by the Hindu ruler There was a great ceremony and da Gama was taken to a Hindu temple However this immediate reaction did not last The ruler later felt insulted by the gifts that Vasco da Gama brought because they were of little value to him Da Gama was not able to establish his trading station or negotiate a trading agreement because the Zamorin Hindu King did not want to isolate the local merchants Da Gama was enraged and on August 29 1498 da Gama and his crew departed with all of their possessions and five hostages Vasco da Gama and his crew departed in August 1498 and reached Lisbon in September of 1499 The return trip
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