Bartolomeu Dias (Dias Bartolomeu)( Portuguese navigator.)
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Biography Bartolomeu Dias (Dias Bartolomeu)
He served in the royal dockyard. Engaged in research in Africa. On behalf of King John II led a campaign on three ships along the coast of Africa to find a sea route to India. The expedition left from Lisbon in August 1486 (according to other sources - in 1487). She was supposed to continue south studies Diego Cцёo in 1482-1486 on the coast of Africa. Dias successfully reached 26 б╟ 30 'S, but the storm took it away from the coast to the south. In search of land Dias sailed to the east, then north, reaching the shore, he swam along the east. It was then, in early June 1488, he discovered the Cape of Storms at the southern tip of Africa, which was later renamed the Cape of Good Hope. In 1497 Dias, together with Vasco da Gama sailed to the islands of Cape Verde. In 1500, commanded one of the ships in the expedition of Pedro Cabral to Brazil. He died in a shipwreck on the way to India, not far from the Cape of Good Hope May 29, 1500.