Vasco da Gama (1469?-December 24, 1524), was a Portuguese explorer who was
the first person to sail from Europe to India and was responsible for
Portugal’s success as an early colonizing power and eventual coming to Macau
St Francis Xavier was born Francisco de Jaso y Azpilcueta in the Castle of Xavier (modern Spanish Javier, Basque Xabier) near Sangüesa and Pamplona, in Navarre,
Spain. He sprang from an aristocratic Basque family of Navarre.