Gama was born in 1460, in Portugal. Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, on July 8, 1497, heading East. He rounded the Cape of Good Hope on November 22 and countinued on to India, he got there on May 20, 1498. On August 29, 1498, he left India after being told to pay a heavy tax and leave the goods. He took the goods along with hostages, and on their return they were treated like heros.