Engraved plaque near the explorer’s tomb in Kochi, India and portrait of Vasco da Gama.

Vasco da Gama was a traveler and adventurer in the 15th century. However, his story did not end with his death. In fact, the afterlife of the explorer became an additional page in the history of the impressive Jerónimos Monastery located in Lisbon, Portugal and another famous church in Kochi, India as well.

Vasco da Gama died during his third visit to India, on December 24, 1524, in the city of Kochi. He was already known as one of the greatest explorers from the Age of Discovery and he had brought fame and lots of money to the Portuguese court. Moreover, many sailors wanted to follow his path and have similar experiences on the sea. However, while Europe was excited with the explorations, other continents suffered quite a lot due to their travels. Europeans brought the native people of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia immeasurable pain, death, diseases, and misery.

During their three travels, Vasco da Gama and his crews opened a new way for communication and changed sea trade forever. Moreover, it opened the market to many new goods, spices, and other things, which were unknown in Europe before then. The explorations also changed Asia forever. Following the arrival of the Portuguese crew, more and more Europeans headed to the east.

A steel engraving from the 1850s, with modern hand coloring showing the meeting of Vasco da Gama with Zamorin.