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An illustration depicts the destruction caused by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469 - 1525) on Mohammedan pilgrims during his 1497 - 1499 journey around the Cape of Good Hope to Asia. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)

An illustration depicts the destruction caused by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (1469 - 1525) on Mohammedan pilgrims during his 1497 - 1499 journey around the Cape of Good Hope to Asia. (Photo by Kean Collection/Getty Images)