Bartholomeu Dias

By Karalissa Hranitzky

Where He's From

Bartholomeu is from Portugal

Places Discovered

Southern Tip of Africa

Accomplishments and Outcome of Voyages

1. Became the first European mariner to round the southern tip of Africa, opening the way for a sea route from Europe to Asia.

2. His ships rounded the perilous Cape of Good Hope and then sailed around Africa’s southernmost point, to enter the waters of the Indian Ocean

3. Opened the door to increased trade with India and other Asian powers

4. He also prompted the explorer Christopher Columbus, then living in Portugal, to seek a new royal patron for a mission to establish his own sea route to the Far East.


Courageous sea captain and explorer, he was also adventurous and brave.

He also was a helpful person.


1. Bartholomeu Dias was a member of the royal Portuguese court when he was chosen to head the expedition to find the trade route to India.

2. Bartholomeu Dias was the sailing master of the man-of-war (warship) San Christovao.

3. Dias named the tip of Africa ‘Cape of Storms' because of the storm they had encountered when they first sailed past it.

Bartolomeu Diaz