Vasco da Gama's flagship of 1524

Vasco da Gama's flagship of 1524

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Caption: Vasco da Gama's flagship of 1524. Historical artwork of the flagship of the armada of 1524, led by the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1460-1524), the newly appointed Viceroy of Portuguese India. This was the third voyage made by Vasco da Gama, helping to consolidate the trading route round Africa to India that he had opened up in his first voyage of 1497-9. Sailing in April, the fleet arrived in September, but Vasco da Gama died of malaria on 24 December. This is a close-up of a page from the work 'Memorias das Armadas' (Memory of the Fleets), at the Sciences Academy of Lisbon. For the full fleet, see image C007/5239.

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