Vasco da Gama and Africa: An Era of Mutual Discovery, 1497-1800

  title={Vasco da Gama and Africa: An Era of Mutual Discovery, 1497-1800},
  author={D. Northrup},
  journal={Journal of World History},
  pages={189 - 211}
  • D. Northrup
  • Published 1998
  • History
  • Journal of World History
  • On the quincentennial of Vasco da Gama's successful voyage around Africa to India, this article explores the economic and cultural importance for Africans of new contacts with Europe. The exploration of mutual interests, characteristic of da Gama's voyage, generally continued on the once isolated Atlantic side of the continent, where African elites sought imported goods, even as their exports consisted more and more of slaves; acquired facility in European languages; and experimented with… CONTINUE READING
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