On India’s Pepper Trail By Vasco Da Gama, 1920 Card

On India's Pepper Trail By Vasco Da Gama, 1920 Card

On India's Pepper Trail By Vasco Da Gama, 1920 Card

A 1920 card of Vasco Da Gama during his pepper trail to India from Portugal. Which took him to Calicut (Kozhikode) by the maritime route. The back has text in Dutch, translated – “Western Europe knew the way overland to India, source of gems and spices. But these commodities (pepper) could only be obtained through the intermediary of the Arabs and Italians, and at a great price. It then became necessary to find a maritime route.”

Christopher Columbus thought he had found the route to Calicut but took the route to the Americas inadvertently. In the process, Columbus was considered the discoverer of America. It is the Portuguese who found their way by rounding the Cape of Good Hope. In 1497 Vasco da Gama sailed around the cape with a crew of volunteers and crooks, and with the help of an Arab pilot, he managed to reach the destination.

The way to India had been found by the Europeans. The Rajah of Malabar handed Gama a letter to the king of Portugal, in which he wrote: “Vasco Da Gama’s visit gave me great pleasure. From your country, I expect gold, silver, and coral.”  Cananor (now Kannur) is the name of the city where Gama loaded his ships. For a century. From 1500 to 1600, the Portuguese maintained a monopoly of trade with the Indians.

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Did you know- Vasco de Gama was famous for his erratic personality, described as violent, rude, and relentless. 

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