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Vasco da Gama

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Vasco da Gama, often shortened to Vasco, is the largest city in the state of Goa on the west coast of India. It is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. It is also the headquarters of the Mormugão taluka region. The city lies on the western tip of the Mormugao peninsula, at the mouth of the Zuari River, about from Panaji, Goa's capital, and about from Dabolim Airport.The city was founded in 1543 and remained in Portuguese hands until 1961, when Goa ceased to be a Portuguese territory. The 1888 constructed Mormugao port remains a busy shipping route in Asia. Even today it is one of the major ports of independent India and around one-third of India's ore exports are said to leave from here. The ship-building area of Goa Shipyard Limited that builds Navy and Coast Guard vessels was also built here in 1957 (during the Portuguese-era). Initially built around the city's harbour as the barge-repair yard Estaleiros Navais de Goa, the area has now expanded to include more related activities. The Indian Navy also has a conspicuous presence in Mormugao, with its vast campus, and its contested control over the Dabolim Airport enclave.HistoryThis city in the former Portuguese territory of Goa is named after the famous Portuguese explorer and navigator Vasco da Gama (who held the title of Governor of Portuguese India). This city serves as the headquarters of the Mormugao sub-district. It was founded in 1543 and remained in Portuguese hands until 1961, when the territory was lost to India.
Vasco da Gama is in South Goa District. Use our India route builder website to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Vasco da Gama.
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