What is Bartolomeu Dias best known for?
In 1488, Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias (c. 1450-1500) became the first European mariner to round the southern tip of Africa, opening the way for a sea route from Europe to Asia.
What places did Bartolomeu Dias discover?
Cape of Good Hope, rocky promontory at the southern end of Cape Peninsula, Western Cape province, South Africa. The first European to sight the cape was Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias in 1488 on his return voyage to Portugal after ascertaining the southern limits of the African continent.
What was the purpose of Bartolomeu Dias voyage?
The expedition had achieved its objective – to reach the Indian Ocean and open a maritime route to Asia. Sailing back, Dias sighted Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa, as well as the Cape of Storms, which he named due to the bad weather he encountered there.