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Today In History December 16

Slide 1 of 12: Illustration by Gignoux in Le Pelerin from February 1, 1925.

1497: Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River

Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama passes the Great Fish River (Eastern Cape, South Africa) where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal, and sails into waters previously unknown to Europeans.

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