|SHIPS OF BARTHOLOMEW DIAZ IN THE 'ROARING FORTIES'|
Bartholomew Diaz was a Portuguese explorer, famous for discovering the Cape of Good Hope. He did not,
at the time, attempt to round the cape and explore the Eastern coast of Africa because he was commissioned
only to locate the cape and report his discoveries. Prior to his discovery he had served with other
explorers on previous expeditions, and after his discovery, he accompanied Vasco da Gama on his first voyage
to the far east, as a navigator. A few years later, he died at sea in a storm off the Cape of Good Hope.
Key events during the life of Bartholomew Diaz:
||Birth of Bartholonew Diaz
||First expedition to the Gold Coast of Africa.
||Commissioned to lead an expedition to find the southern tip of Africa.
||Discovers the Cape of Good Hope: lands on the East side of South Africa.
||Accompanies Vasco de Gama on his first voyage to the East
||Perishes at sea off the Cape of Good Hope.
|Vasco da Gama
||Portuguese explorer who voyaged to Calicut, India by sailing around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.
|John II of Portugal
||King of Portugal who promoted exploration of the Southern Africa.
||Portuguese explorer who discovered the Congo river and sailed as far south as Angola.