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Vasco da Gama


If I say that our Arabs in their time were great adven— turers and writers; that our sailors gave the Mediterranean the lateen sail that made the discovery of the Americas possible; that an Indian pilot led Vasco da Gama from East Africa to Calicut; that the very word cheque was first used by our Persian merchants—if I say these things it is because I have got them from European books.
V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  Portuguese explorer who was first to sail directly from Europe to India (about 1465-1524)
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  • If I say that our Arabs in their time were great adven— turers and writers; that our sailors gave the Mediterranean the lateen sail that made the discovery of the Americas possible; that an Indian pilot led Vasco da Gama from East Africa to Calicut; that the very word cheque was first used by our Persian merchants—if I say these things it is because I have got them from European books.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It likewise hugged Kiltan Island, a shore of madreporic origin discovered by Vasco da Gama in 1499 and one of nineteen chief islands in the island group of the Laccadives, located between latitude 10 and 14 30’ north, and between longitude 50 72’ and 69 east.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Before the British took Malabar, before the Dutch Ascendency, before Vasco da Gama arrived, before the Zamorin’s conquest of Calicut.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Vasco da Gama [9] , Christopher Columbus [6] , Marco Polo [7]
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