Vasco da Gama’s diary of the first voyage to India in the Memory of the World Register


The diary of the first voyage of Vasco da Gama to India, between 1497 and 1499,  was recognised by UNESCO and  is now part of  the Memory of the World Register of this institution, for its “testimony to the pioneering sea voyage (…), one of the crucial documents that changed the course of history.”

The diary, which is attributed to Álvaro Velho, is owned by the Porto’s City Library, where it has already been displayed in a public exhibition. Online reading of these diaries is possible  in the “Gâmica Collection” of the Digital Library of the University of Porto.

Three other Portuguese documents, in the National Archives of Torre do Tombo (ANTT),  are already  included in the Memory of the World Register.  They are the letter of Pero Vaz de Caminha to the king of Portugal D. Manuel I, on occasion of his arrival to Brazil (Terra de Vera Cruz, Brazil, May 1, 1500), the Treaty of Tordesillas (in Castilian version), from June 7, 1494, as well as a set of 83 212 documents, dating from 1161-1699, containing, according to ANTT, “information and clarification on the relationship between the Europeans, especially the Portuguese, with the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America.”