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Bartholomew Diaz

1450–1500
Civilization: Hispanic — Portugal
   Field of Renown:  explorer — Africa
Era:  Exploration
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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:


Year
Event
1450
Birth of Bartholonew Diaz
1481
First expedition to the Gold Coast of Africa.
1486
Commissioned to lead an expedition to find the southern tip of Africa.
1488
Discovers the Cape of Good Hope: lands on the East side of South Africa.
1497
Accompanies Vasco de Gama on his first voyage to the East
1500
Perishes at sea off the Cape of Good Hope.

Other Resources


Story Links
Book Links
Early Days  in  Our Empire Story  by  H. E. Marshall
Stormy Cape  in  The Discovery of New Worlds  by  M. B. Synge
Bartholomew Diaz Reaches the Stormy Cape  in  A Book of Discovery  by  M. B. Synge


Image Links


Dias in the 'Roaring Forties'
 in The Land of the Golden Trade


Contemporary
Short Biography
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.
Diogo Cao Portuguese explorer who discovered the Congo river and sailed as far south as Angola.