E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gama (g hard).
Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese, was the first European navigator who doubled the Cape of Good Hope.
With such mad seas the daring Gama fought
Incessant labouring round the stormy Cape.
Vasco da Gama. The hero of Camoëns Lusiad. He is represented as sagacious, intrepid, tender-hearted, pious, fond of his country, and holding his temper in full command. He is also the hero of Meyerbeers posthumous opera, LAfricaine.