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Year 2105. “We left from Restelo one Saturday, the 8th day of July of the said year, 1497, out on our journey. May God our Lord allow us to complete it in His service, Amen.”  Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama Bridge with its 17,2km length is, to these days, the longest bridge in Europe. Vasco the Gama was also, at the time of his achievement, the world’s known navigator that reached the longest distance by sea, from Lisboa to Calcutta in India (1497-1498), after crossing the storming and perilous Cape of Good Hope which some other Portuguese before him have tried but have ended in disaster. This achievement became one of the most important steps for the connection of the global village as today we know it.

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