The Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama's exploration of the Indian Ocean, included disrupting the alreadly existing Indian Ocean Trade system. The text below is of Vasco de Gama’s account of his encounter with the trade systems of the Indian Ocean.

Task
Who controls the trade of the Indian Ocean at the time of de Gama’s arrival? How ignorant of the peoples of the region are the Europeans?
What does de Gama tell the Zamorin of Calicut he is looking for?
What crop does de Gama mention as an asset of his country that has only recently been discovered in the New World?

Link
Modern History Sourcebook: Vasco da Gama

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