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The Cape Route, the route around Africa, the Carreira da Índia or the European-Asian sea route, used to be among the world's most important routes of commerce. The first known completion was made by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1498.
Da Gama and his predecessors discovered the Cape Route in the same time as the voyages of Columbus.
The discovery of the route, as well as the Columbian voyages, inspired the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation.
Most of the Portuguese Empire was founded along the route.