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At the end of the fifteenth century there already was a strong rivalry between the two Iberian kingdoms and even between the European nations. Columbus was able to exploit these rivalries.

In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias prepared for his trip to India by doubling around the Cape of Storms. In October 1495, King Manoel I replaced John II. This change of rule also meant a redistribution of commands and missions. The expedition returned to India with Vasco de Gama who had three ships and about a hundred and twenty or a hundred and seventy men.

Portugal was probably the first to launch maritime adventurers and also the first to build colonial empires.

The time of Vasco da Gama:
Upon his arrival at Calicut, Vasco da Gama faced the hostility of the Moors who saw the Portuguese's circuit of spices as a threat. The story of Alvaro Velho describes the first contact with Africans and Indians. Part of the crew are imprisoned on the ground and Vasco da Gama took hostages in retaliation. 13 were returned to Portugal with the Jewish Gaspar da India.

Tags - Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco de Gama, India, Cape of Storms

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