Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama, a portuguese discoverer, is famous for his completion of the first all water trade route between Portugal and India.
Vasco da Gama was born in Sines, Portugal, in 1469. Being the son of the town’s governor, he was educated as a nobleman and served in the court of King Joao II. Vasco da Gama also served as a navy officer, and in 1492 he commanded a defense of Portuguese colonies from the French on the coast of Guinea. Vasco da Gama was then given the mission to 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. On the voyage, Vasco da Gama set out from Lisbon, Portugal, rounded the Cape of Good Hope on November 22, and sailed north. As the ships sailed along the east coast of Africa, many conflicts arose between the Portuguese and the Muslims who had already established trading centers 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.
Vasco da Gama and his crew departed in August 1498 and reached Lisbon in September of 1499. The return trip took so long because many of the sailors died of diseases such as scurvy.
When Vasco da Gama returned, he was rewarded with a great celebration. Vasco da Gama was looked upon as a hero.
This is a locationless cache, which means, no container to find, logbook to write or items to exchange. Instead, all you have to do is find a monument to the portuguese discoverer Vasco da Gama. Then take a photo with your GPS in it, log a find including the coordinates, and try to provide a little history of the place.
Normal locationless cache requirements apply such as one find per geocacher and each location can be logged only once.