By seas never before sailed

In the 15th century Portugal and Spain were competing for the first ones to get to India by sea. Columbus believed it could be reached sailling west and eventually found America instead.

In Portugal the ideia was to sail round Africa, after years of exploration the outlook seemed promising when in 1488 Bartolomeu Dias reached South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, and in 1498 Vasco da Gama reached the coast of India.

The only known journal of this first voyage contemporary to the events from this day on is part of UNESCO’s Memory of World Register.


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