On departing, da Gama gave the traitors a broadside, which did considerable damage to their village of thatch.
Besides these, Diaz, who had already been over the route, was ordered to accompany da Gama as far as the Mina.
Why was it bolder than the plan Diaz had carried out in 1487, or even than that da Gama carried out a few years later?
da Gama discovered the island of Zanzibar, and received offers of service from the sovereign.
da Gama retained him as a trophy to present to King Emmanuel.
Coello need not have feared: da Gama knew his brave colleague too well to imagine that he was really thinking of retreat.
da Gama was now forty-three years old, and must have been in the very prime of manhood.
At da Gama's order all were marshalled on deck, and stood, sullen and powerless, before the captain.
He thought that here was a discovery as famous as had been made by Columbus or da Gama.
Portugal had missed a great opportunity in discrediting Columbus, but she had succeeded in finding one in da Gama.