Bartholomew Dias

by Delaney Davis

About Bartholomew Dias

  • Bartholomew Dias, a nobleman of the Portuguese royal household, was a Portuguese explorer.
  • He sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa in 1488.
  • Reached the Indian Ocean from the Atlantic, the first European known to have done so.
  • Noble to Portugal.
  • He died on May 29, 1500.

What he did and what he discovered

  • He discovered the "Cape of Good Hope".
  • The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky Headland on the Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa.

    There is a misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

  • He sailed around the Southernmost tip of Africa in 1488.

  • In August 1487, Dias' trio of ships departed From the port of Lisbon, Portugal.

  • The purpose of the voyages was to open doors for seafaring trade with India

  • Dias' ships were blown out to sea by a storm.

  • He ended up opening the doors for trade.

Bartholomew Dias

Bartholomew sailed to Africa with six Africans by his side in 1488; they sailed and sailed and he found the "Cape of good hope". Bartholomew Dias was a knight of the royal court, superintendent of the royal warehouses, and sailing-master of the man-of-war (Saint Christopher). King John the second of Portugal appointed him, on October 10 1487, to head an expedition to sail around the southern tip of Africa in the hope of finding a trade route to India. Dias was also charged with searching for the lands ruled by Prester John, who was a fabled Christian priest and ruler.
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