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My name is fit for rappers, though my title is a count;
The time I spent at sea no man of my day could surmount.
An empire's expansion was in large part my account;
The spice trade bought in riches in extremely large amounts.

My journeys brought me gold and international acclaim;
Around the cape and all the way back was my route to fame.
I am not a Basque man, nor a player of a game,
Though you might believe so on the basis of my name.

Who am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the answer rot13(znepb cbyb )? $\endgroup$ – R.D Aug 27 '18 at 12:16
  • $\begingroup$ @R.D why not write an answer and explain how it fits the clues? $\endgroup$ – jafe Aug 27 '18 at 12:17
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, not sure how it would fit the name of a rapper tho XD $\endgroup$ – R.D Aug 27 '18 at 12:18
  • $\begingroup$ @R.D if you think you have an answer, you should post it as such. however, the bit with the cape probably won't fit so well. $\endgroup$ – Bass Aug 27 '18 at 12:18
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Are you

Vasco da Gama?

My name is fit for rappers, though my title is a count;

Maybe a play on "the gamer" -> "da gama"? (According to wikipedia, he was the 1st Count of Vidigueira)

The time I spent at sea no man of my day could surmount.
An empire's expansion was in large part my account;
The spice trade bought in riches in extremely large amounts.

My journeys brought me gold and international acclaim;
Around the cape and all the way back was my route to fame.

All the five lines above point to his establishing the sea route to India, going around Africa, whose southernmost point is the Cape of Good Hope.

I am not a Basque man, nor a player of a game,
Though you might believe so on the basis of my name.

He was Portuguese, and his name kind of sounds like "gamer".

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  • $\begingroup$ I switched the names up! XD. This is why I don't like to answer history related questions XD $\endgroup$ – R.D Aug 27 '18 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ @R.D in fairness, your answer fits quite a few of the clues as well! $\endgroup$ – jafe Aug 27 '18 at 12:32
  • $\begingroup$ But it wasn't the right one, was it ? $\endgroup$ – R.D Aug 27 '18 at 12:34
  • $\begingroup$ @R.D yeah, that guy was more about the land route. $\endgroup$ – Bass Aug 27 '18 at 12:36

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