Yesterday, we discussed Vasco da Gama’s first European voyage to India.
On this journey, the Portuguese learnt a lot of things. For example, da Gama’s voyage made it clear that the east coast of Africa, the Contra Costa, was essential to Portuguese interests; its ports provided fresh water, provisions, timber, and harbors for repairs, and served as a refuge where ships could wait out unfavorable weather. One significant result was the colonization of Mozambique by the Portuguese Crown.
Today’s featured image shows outward and return voyages of the Portuguese India Run (the “Carreira da Índia”). Notice the importance of Mozambique on the map, which was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal from 1505.
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