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opening the sea route. 8 Using his experience with explorative travel, Dias helped in the construction of the So Gabriel and its sister ship the So Rafael that were used in 1498 by Vasco da Gama to sail past the Cape of Good Hope and continue to India. Afterward, Manuel sent out a massive fleet to India under Pedro lvares Cabral (c. On the journey back, Dias observed the southernmost point of Africa, later called Cabo das Agulhas, or Cape of Needles. In a private meeting with the king, however, Dias was forced to explain his failure to meet up with Paiva and Covilh. More provisions were picked up on the way at the Portuguese fortress of So Jorge de Mina on the Gold Coast.
As a result of his voyages, the Cape would become an important staging-post on route to India, developing as a port and then as a European colony. Continuing south, he discovered first Angra dos Ilheus, being hit, then, by a violent storm. Dias only participated in the first leg of Da Gama's voyage, until the Cape Verde Islands. Joo's successor, Manuel I (1469-1521 ordered Dias to serve as a shipbuilding consultant for the expedition of Vasco da Gama (c. The Portuguese (possibly Dias himself) named this point of land the Cape of Good Hope. Blaise, whose feast day it was) or the Bay of Cowherds, from the people water Gate Scandal: Supporting Evidences of Nixons Guilt he found there. Indian Ocean from the, atlantic, the first, european known to have done. It was only on the return voyage that he discovered the Cape of Good Hope in May 1488. Retrieved poken, Howard (2006). Dias died at sea in 1550, in a storm off the Cape.
Sail round the Cape of Good Hope with Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias. Dias led the first expedition to find the southern tip of Africa. Find out more about the history of Bartolomeu Dias, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts. Bartolomeu Dias: Bartolomeu Dias, Portuguese navigator and explorer who led the first European expedition to round the Cape of Good Hope (1488 opening the sea route to Asia via the Atlantic and Indian oceans.