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Before the discovery of the sea trade route to India, many explorers tried to explore the coast of Africa and see if that route provides potential for reaching Asia. One of the most important explorers from that period was Bartolomeu Dias who discovered Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa.
Finding the sea trade route to the India was a life goal of many Portuguese explorer toward the end of 15th century. Diogo Cão did not manage to achieve that goal, but his discoveries paved the way for Vasco Da Gama.
We today remember Ferdinand Magellan as one of the most important sea navigators of all time, with his 3 year mission to circumvent the world by sea on for the first time managing to change the history of our world forever. Learn more about him here.
Portuguese nobleman, explorer and military leader Pedro Álvares Cabral is remembered today as the first European who landed on the coast of South America, opening that continent to the expansion of European settlers.
Vasco da Gama remains remembered today as one of the most important sea navigators and explorers of the Age of Discovery. Learn more about his life here, especially about his very influential journey to India.