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Correct Option is Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A.

The landing of Vasco da Gama at Calicut in 1498 with three ships is generally regarded as the beginning of a new era in world history, especially in the relation between Asia and Europe. Although Asia and Europe had been in commercial relations with each other since antiquity, the opening of direct sea-relations between the two was not only beneficial to trade but also had influence on Polity, Social & Cultural spheres of both region.

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