In October 1486, King John II appointed Dias to command an expedition to find a trade route to India. Bartolomeu Dias took a year of preparation to embark on the adventure. Bartolomeu Dias sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, in August 1487. His fleet consisted of three ships.
King João II of Portugal financed the Diass expedition. Dias participated in the Cabrals expedition which discovered Brazil, but the Dias ship sank in the storm. It is very unlikely that Dias was the first sailor to circumnavigate the Cape.
Bartolomeu Dias was the first European explorer to sail around the southern tip of Africa and discover the so-called Cape of Good Hope. On October 10, 1487, King John II of Portugal ordered Bartolomeu Dias to travel to the southern tip of Africa in hopes of finding a trade route that would take them to India.
The official expedition report has been lost. Bartolomeu Dias originally called the Cape of Good Hope the Cape of Storms (Cabo das Tormentas). It was then renamed Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança) (by King John II of Portugal) because it represented the opening of a road to the east.
Bartolomeu scrolls the instruments. Bartolomeu Dias used a compass rose and an astrolabe during his journey. He used them in strong winds and storms so as not to get lost.
Developed around 1451 from existing fishing boats sponsored by Henry the Navigator of Portugal, the caravan quickly became the ship of choice for Portuguese explorers such as Diogo Cão, Bartolomeu Dias de Gaspar and Miguel CorteReal and Christopher Columbus.
Bartolomeu Dias’s wife is unknown, although it is speculated that she may be one of her parents. The marriage certificates are likely to be found somewhere in Portugal, but they have not been found. Diaz had two sons: Simao and Antonio. Both boys had the surname Dias de Novais.
Columbus left Spain on three ships: Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. On August 3, 1492, the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus began his voyage across the Atlantic. With a crew of 90 men and three ships - Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria - he left Palos de la Frontera, Spain.
The Portuguese nobleman Vasco da Gama (14601524) left Lisbon in 1497 to reach India and open a sea route from Europe to the east.
The importance of Dias’s journey was that he helped introduce Christianity to the Chinese. The significance of Da Gamas’ voyage was that he established a direct sea route to India.
Dias was commissioned by King John II of Portugal to sail to the southern part of Africa to find a trade route to India. Bartolomeu Dias was well educated and had learned several languages, physics, geometry, mathematics and astronomy.
Vasco da Gama
He is known for his spectacular scenery. It was originally named Cape of the Storms by the Portuguese explorer Bartholomeus Dias in 1488. It was later used by King John II.