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Vasco da Gama sailing to India

Vasco da Gama sailing to India

Vasco da Gama sailing to India


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February 12th, 1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, on his second voyage: „For once the term ‘epic’ seems an understatement. Da Gama’s exploits alone demand such terms. His maiden voyage took two years and traversed an extraordinary 24,000 miles, all this in leaky wooden vessels battered by storms and riddled with scurvy, and it was only the first of his three pioneering voyages that together established little Portugal as a world power.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/books/review/holy-war-by-nigel-cliff-book-review.html [postage stamp: البحارة العظماء http://goo.gl/NRt6ZJ

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