Diogo Cam

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Cam, Diogo


(or Diogo Cão). Born circa 1440; date of death unknown. Portuguese navigator.

In 1482, Cam sailed along the west coast of Africa between1° and 13°30’ S lat, discovering enroute the mouth of the CongoRiver. Between 1484 and 1486 he advanced along the westernshores of Africa to 22° S lat., thus discovering the entire coastlineof Angola and a large part of the uninhabited southwestern coast—from the mouth of the Kunene River to Cape Cross. Accord-ing to one version, Cam died on the return voyage; according toanother, he returned to Portugal in 1486.

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