Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.22

     challenging words:    well-armored, cruelty, tactic, merchandise, ports, locking, adventurer, rallies, riches, unnecessary, warrior, exploited, inexpensive, presented, ruler, power
     content words:    Christopher Columbus, Da Gama, Good Hope, East Coast

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Vasco da Gama
By Sharon Fabian

1     Was Vasco da Gama a hero or a villain? Was he an adventurer who bravely explored new lands, or a treasure hunter who took advantage of the people he met? The story of Vasco da Gama shows how a famous person in history can be presented as either a good guy or a bad guy. It also shows how opinions can change.
2     Vasco da Gama was born in Sines, Portugal in 1460. His father was the governor of his hometown, and Vasco da Gama was brought up as a young gentleman and received a good education.
3     He began his career as a warrior and a navigator, and he must have been good at his jobs, because soon, in 1497,the king of Portugal chose him to lead an important expedition.

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