On India’s Pepper Trail Vasco Da Gama Vintage Card
This is an old 1920’s image card of Vasco Da Gama after his search for pepper that took him to Calicut, now Kozhikode. 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 but he had only discovered America. It is the Portuguese who found their way along 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 Calicut (now Kozhikode).
The way to India had been found. 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 the monopoly of trade with the Indians. Click on the photo for better view.
Read also History – The Journal of Vasco da Gama becomes Memory of World Register – UNESCO. See post Vasco Da Gama Before The Zamorin Calicut – Old Postcard., and Old Book – From Lisbon To Calicut 1956.
Did you know- Vasco de Gama was famous for his erratic personality, described as violent, rude, and relentless.
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