Well we probably don’t remember everything we should from our studies of history and geography… But who could forget Vasco da Gama? On this day 8 July 1497, Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon on a voyage that would lead to the discovery of a sea route to India. Now this was a big deal because in finding this sea passage, European merchants were no longer dependent on using the Silk Road for trading with the East. Any map makes fabulous wrapping paper – although you should always double check the provenance of the map first in case you’re just about to carve up a priceless antique. Our map is of the route taken by Da Gama and its antique tones would suit a variety of occasions and recipient.