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This index presents a list of names that occur in the book Em nome de Deus: The Journal of the First Voyage of Vasco da Gama to India, 1497-1499. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Vasco da Gama's first voyage was the culmination of eight decades of sometimes sporadic, sometimes inspired exploration of the west coast of Africa by the Portuguese Crown and its minions. D. João II sent out two Arabic-speaking agents Afonso de Paiva and Pedro da Covilhã to explore the region in 1487. After receiving the report in 1490, he began preparations for a voyage to India and its much coveted spices by ordering three new ships built from trees on the royal estates before his death in October 1495. It would, however, take another two years to finally dispatch the first 'India fleet' under the command of Vasco da Gama.

Keywords: D. João II; India; Vasco da Gama



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