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Across The Arabian Sea

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Vasco da Gama left Malindi for Calicut on 24 April 1498 and the fleet arrived near Calicut, India on 20 May 1498. The king of Calicut sent men to Pandarane, in order to conduct the Captain major to where the king awaited him. The king of Portugal D. Manuel, had ordered the three ships built, and had appointed Vasco da Gama and instructed him not to return to Portugal, until he had discovered the king of the Christians. Vasco da Gama decided to leave a factor with merchandise ashore, along with a clerk and certain other men. The Samorin stated that as the Captain wished to depart, he should pay six hundred xerafins as customs duty and that this was the custom of the country and of those who came to it. Diogo Dias, carried this message to the Captain. Vasco da Gama left Calicut on 29 August 1498.

Keywords: Calicut; Diogo Dias; king of Portugal; Malindi; Portuguese merchandise; Samorin; Vasco da Gama



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