Bartolomeu Dias(redirected from Bartholomew Diaz)
|Birthplace||Algarve, Kingdom of Portugal|
Navigator and Explorer
|Known for||First European to sail around the southernmost tip of Africa.|
(Bartolomeu Dias [Diaz] de Novaes). Born circa 1450; died May 29, 1500. Portuguese navigator.
In 1487, as the head of an expedition to find a sea route to India, Dias explored the southwestern seacoast of Africa from 22° to 33° S lat. He was the first European to round the southern tip of Africa. Having traveled along the southern shore of Africa as far as Algoa Bay, Dias was compelled to return to Portugal by the ship’s crew. On the return voyage he discovered the Cape of Good Hope (1488). In 1500 he took part in the expedition of P. A. Cabral and perished en route, not far from the Cape of Good Hope.
REFERENCESHart, H. Morskoi put’ v Indiiu. Moscow, 1959. (Translated from English.)
Hönnig, R. Nevedomye zemli, vol. 4. Moscow, 1963. (Translated from German.)