Have you heard of Vasco da Gama?
He’d journeys, boats and men, oh mama!
He was born in Sines, Portugal
Sometime during the 1460’s.
He studied math and navigation,
And followed his father out at sea.
His first voyage and back was greater,
Than the earth’s whole equator!
He had four boats, and the three were called:
Sao Rafael, Sao Gabriel, and
Last but not least, Berrio, Oh, god!
The ships now weighed a 120 lot,
170 men signed up.
He left Lisbon, with the king’s blessing,
Passed the west coast of Africa,
The Cape of Good Hope was no messing.
Entered the huge Indian Ocean,
Stopped twice along the African coast,
Maputo was hostile, full of boast.
He reached Malindi, the friendly port,
Help was given to reach India,
Landed in Calicut the Indian fort,
Offered the sultan gifts straight away,
The sultan wanted more anyway.
So da Gama had to leave quicker,
but returned 60 times richer.
Mission completed, the king was pleased.
An admiral now, he continued.
On a second trip he was released.
A good colony now was founded,
For Portugal’s glory and power.
The third voyage made him a viceroy,
Malaria struck him in the core,
On Christmas Eve, 1524.
His name stands for god, glory, and gold,
And monuments were built where he rolled.
He was an explorer who realized
The huge power of opening routes
To get desired spices and goods.