Essay heading: European Exploration and Voyaging Into the Unexplained

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The Muslims' attitude towards the Portuguese interference also contributed towards the hostility. "De Gama's arrival aroused the hostility of the Arab traders at Calicut. He was jailed as a pirate and narrowly escaped death. Finally he was allowed to assemble a rich cargo of spices and precious stones...
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After his release, he set sail for Lisbon, Portugal in August, 1498 with only 55 of his 170 men - most of who had died of scurvy. De Gama and his remaining crew arrived back in Portugal in September and declared heroes. King Emanuel made Vasco de Gama a Lord and supplied him with a large income. Economically, the trip was well worth the effort earning a 3000% profit due to inflated prices back in Portugal...
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