Gama, Gaspar

(d a c. 1440–1510)
   Jewish navigator. After travelling to Jerusalem and Alexandria, da Gama was sold into slavery in India where, on being granted his freedom, he served the ruler of Goa. He was sent to welcome his fellow Europeans when the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama and his companions landed on the shores of Goa. He was pressed into service with the Portuguese and compelled to be baptized and adopt his master’s name. His original Jewish name is unknown. As a navigator, he brought the Portuguese fleet safely home, accompanied several other Portuguese travellers on their expeditions to India and South America, and was consulted by the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who gave America its name. No more was heard of him after an expedition to Calicut in 1510, so it is assumed that he died then.

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