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This front matter section of the book Em nome de Deus: The Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama to India, 1497-1499 contains the table of contents, general editor's preface and the preface. Vasco da Gama is an iconic historical figure. His first voyage to India undertaken from 1497 to 1499 constitutes one of the great events of the Renaissance and the Age of European Discovery. For centuries, European powers had sought a direct sea link to the riches of the Indian Ocean basin and beyond. Da Gama's voyage forged this crucial link in a developing world market economy.

Keywords: European Discovery; India; Renaissance; Vasco da Gama

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