Estevão da Gama, governador da Índia

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Estevão da Gama, governador da Índia

Death: Died
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Son of Vasco da Gama, 2º vice-rei da Índia and D. Catarina de Ataide
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Father of Vasco da Gama
Brother of Francisco da Gama, 2º conde da Vidigueira; Cristóvão da Gama; Paulo da Gama; Pedro da Gama; Álvaro da Gama, capitão de Málaca and 2 others

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About Estevão da Gama, governador da Índia

Estêvão da Gama (ca. 1505–1576) was the Portuguese governor of Portuguese Gold Coast (1529–15??) and Portuguese India (1540–1542). Named after his paternal grandfather Estêvão da Gama, Estêvão was the second son of Vasco da Gama and brother of Cristóvão da Gama.

He commanded the fleet that entered the Red Sea, with the intent of attacking the Ottoman fleet in its harbor at Suez, leaving Goa December 31 1540 and reaching Aden January 27, 1541. The fleet reached Massawa February 12, where Gama left a number of ships and continued north. Reaching Suez, he discovered that the Ottomans had long had intelligence of his raid, and foiled his attempt to burn their beached ships. Gama was forced to retrace his steps to Massawa, although pausing to attack the port of El-Tor on the Sinai Peninsula.

Once back at Massawa, Gama found the men he had left were restless and convinced by the self-described patriarch João Bermudes that they should provide military assistance to the beleaguered Emperor of Ethiopia. Gama acquiesced to their demands, and landed 400 men, 130 military slaves, and sufficient supplies for them at Massawa and the nearby port of Arqiqo under the charge of his brother Cristóvão, before departing for India July 9.


Estêvão da Gama appears in a Malayalam film titled Urumi (2011). The film accounts a fictional assassination attempt on Vasco da Gama by an Indian. Estêvão da Gama, who is an antagonist in the film, is played by Alexx O'Nell.

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Age 25
September 1575
Age 70