Information from: http://www.campus.northpark.edu/history/webchron/westeurope/dagama.html
Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer. He was born on the year of 1469. The location that he was born on was in Sines, Portugal. The school that he went to was in the town of Evora. At his school, he learned a lot about astronomy and navigation. Vasco da Gama was a naval officer in Portugal. While he was a naval officer, he was the Commander of a Defense of Portuguese on the coast of Portugal.
Father is Chosen:
Five years later, Vasco da Gama's father, who was the governor of the town, was chosen by King Joao II to lead an expedition to India and trade spices. His father agreed to go and trade, but he died too early for his chance to go. Years later, Vasco da Gama's brother was chosen by King Joao II to go and trade with the people of Asia, but he disagreed to go because he thought it was too risky.
Vasco da Gama Leaves Portugal; Ships and Commanders:
Years later, King Manuel, who replaced King Joao II at throne, chose Vasco da Gama to go on the expedition to India. He chose Vasco da Gama because he was the only one trusted by King Manuel. Vasco da Gama did not decline the king's orders and left Sines, Portugal on July 8, 1497. He was in search of the sea route to India. The names of his ships were the Berrio, the Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, and the Starship. Vasco da Gama's brother, Paulo was the commander of the Saint Raphael. Goncalo Alvares commanded the Saint Gabriel. There are no records of who commanded the Berrio and the Starship.
Equipment and Food:
The navigational equipment that he had with him were: compasses, astronomical charts, and...