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Description - The Career and Legend of Vasco Da Gama by Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Vasco da Gama (?1469-1524) is well known as one of a generation of discoverers, along with Magellan, Cabral, and Columbus. Yet little is known about his life, or about the context within which he 'discovered' the all-sea route to India in 1497-99. This book, based on a mass of published and unpublished sources in Portuguese and other languages, delineates Gama's career and social context, focusing on the delicate balance between 'career' and 'legend'. The book addresses broad questions of myth-building and nationalism, while never losing sight of Gama himself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521646291
ISBN-10: 0521646294
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 428
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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