Vasco de Gama was Portuguese explorer who was the first to sail from Europe to India. Being an explorer, he wanted to find the spice route to India and landed in Calicut (now Kozhikode) in Kerala.
Later, the Portuguese settled in India with Goa, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli as their colonies.
Dadra and Nagar Haveli were liberated earlier and Goa, Daman & Diu were liberated on 19 December, 1961.
The Portuguese remained in India for about 458 years.
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Vasco da gama was a Portuguese explorer who reached via sea for the first time avoiding he Mediterranean route and Arabian ocean. India had been the dream of all the European countries. But, before Gama no body had been able to pave the pay due to hundreds of mishaps, ship wrecks and other calamities. On reaching Calicut in 1524, he began the business of Cinnamon etc. Later, he was designated as Governor of India.