Bartolomeu Dias

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Bartolomeu was born in 1450 in Algarve, Portugal.

Dias died in 1500 do to a terrible shipwreck during another voyage.

Dias's sponsoring nation was Portugal.

The two caravel ships that Dias used on his voyage were the: São Cristóvão and São Pantaleão.

The last ship was a supply ship so in total there were three ships.

Dias' Voyage

Bartolomeu Dias was an experienced sailor, Bartolomeu Dias made over 10 months of preparations before beginning his most important voyage. He left Lisbon in August 1487 with three ships: two armed caravels and a supply ship.He landed in Mossel Bay, on the coast of present-day South Africa, on February 3,1488. The Portuguese (possibly Dias himself) named this point of land the Cape of Good Hope. Because of Dias’ voyage, Europeans realized they could establish their own trade route to India and Asia by sea travel. This was beneficial because European traders had previously paid large fees to use trade routes that went across land and through multiple countries.

Since Dias’ voyage, Europeans realized they could establish their own trade route to India and Asia by sea travel. This was beneficial because European traders had previously paid large fees to use trade routes that went across land and through multiple countries.

Portugal and other European nations already had long-established trade ties to Asia, but the arduous overland route had been closed in the 1450s due to the Ottoman Empire’s conquest of the remnants of the Byzantine Empire.

Dias returned to Portugal in December 1488. Nothing is known of Dias’s reception by John II. Dias was later employed to supervise the construction of the São Gabriel and the São Raphael vessels used for Vasco Da Gama’s 1497 expedition to India. He was allowed to sail with da Gama’s expedition only as far as the Cape Verde Islands. Dias later sailed with Perdo Alvares Cabrel, part of the expedition that landed on the coast of Brazil on April 22, 1500—Cabral is generally credited as the first European to do so—while en route to India. The next month Dias died after his ship was lost at sea near the Cape of Good Hope during a storm.

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