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24/12/1524 Portuguese explorer dies

Gama contracted malaria not long after arriving in India and died in the city of Cochin on Christmas Eve, 3 months after his arrival. As per royal instructions, da Gama was succeeded as governor of India by one the captains who had come with him, Henrique de Menezes. Vasco da Gama's body was first buried at St. Francis Church, which was located at Fort Kochi in the city of Kochi, but his remains were returned to Portugal.