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History Revealed - - TOP TEN… FOODSTUFFS -

Ever since an­tiq­uity, Euro­peans and Arabs had been trav­el­ling to Asia in search of sea­son­ing, cre­at­ing pow­er­ful trad­ing king­doms along the way. So when the Ot­tomans block­aded the tra­di­tional land route, the Por­tuguese had to find a way around. Vasco da Gama ( left) vol­un­teered for the job, and be­came the first Euro­pean to reach In­dia by sea, ush­er­ing in wide­spread Euro­pean in­flu­ence in the re­gion.

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