Champion of the Age of Exploration

 
“I am not afraid of the darkness. Real death is preferable to a life without living.”
— Vasco da Gama
 
 

Vasco da Gama has a most impressive résumé. First European to reach India by sea, longest ocean voyage made at that time, established a trade route that enhanced the Portuguese empires economy and global reach, and was declared the Viceroy of India by the King of Portugal for his discovery.

Intrepid explorers, dissatisfied with mundane and the ordinary, have always sought greener pastures wherever they might be. They crossed great distances and surmounted incredible obstacles to reach those promised lands. We owe a lot to such explorers for their daring and their work.

The amazing thing about people with extraordinary achievements is that beneath the aura they are just like everyone else. Vasco da Gama spent several weeks in Kerala, even visited a Hindu temple, and yet could not figure out the natives were not christians until much later. C'est la vie!