Vasco Da Gama Case Study

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1490s. Through the Indian Ocean, the Portuguese king was attracted to establish an outstanding empire connecting the Lisbon, Portugal and Goa, India for commercial interest. The Cape of Good Hope, in South Africa, earlier was visited by a Dutch sailor, Batholomew Diaz in 1487, become a refreshment center for the Portuguese. During the ‘first thirty years of the sixteenth century the Portuguese Crown, while claiming sovereignty over the seas and control of the Catholic Church in the whole south Atlantic region, limited its direct activity to two areas. The first was the gold trade centred on Elmina. The second area of direct Crown activity was the kingdom of Kongo, where a royal trading factory was established and where the king of Portugal in alliance with the Manikongo claimed a monopoly of trade and direct control over the Kongolese Church’ (Newitt, ed., 2010: 12-13). Objectives for the Intrusion: Opening of the Trading Sea Route to Goa, India: Vasco da Gama as agreed by historian scholars was born in Sines town, just located 60 miles from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal at the time of adventures. One amongst these scholars is Rachel A. Koestler-Grack. Koestler-Grack (1973), Goetzmann, ed., et al (2006: 9) stated that ‘born on the seacoast, Vasco learned the life of a seaman at an early age. He quickly became a strong swimmer. His father and older brothers taught him how to row, steer a boat, and handle a sail… Vasco’s father was Estevão da Gama, a worthy seaman

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