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Bartolomeu Dias de Novaes (circa 1451 – 24 Mei 1500), was die eerste Europeër wat om die punt van Afrika geseil het, op soek na ‘n roete na Indië & die Ooste. Op 3 Februarie 1488 land sy ekspedisie op ‘n strand wat die naam Bahia de São Bras (Baai van Sint Blasius) sou dra vir meer as ‘n honderd jaar, voordat dit deur ‘n ander seevaarder herdoop is tot Mosselbaai. Hy seil tot by die Groot-Visrivier, waarna hy moes omdraai siende dat sy bemanningslede verset gebied het teen die voortsetting van die reis. Volgens oorlewering het Dias die Kaap “Cabo das Tormentas” (Kaap van Storms) genoem, en dat Koning João II van Portugal dit herdoop het tot “Cabo da Boa Esperança” (Kaap van Goeie Hoop), maar meer konkrete bewyse, wat die getuienis van Christopher Columbus insluit, dui daarop dat Dias self die Kaap sy naam gegee het.

Vasco da Gama (circa 1460s – 23 Desember 1524) word as een van die Era van Ontdekking se grootste helde beskou, siende dat hy die eerste Europese seevaarder geword het wat suksesvol na Indië gereis het, deur in 1498 in Kalikoet aan wal te gaan. In 1497 land hy by huidige Mosselbaai, waarna hulle gedurende die Kerstyd die kus waarlangs hulle gevaar het, “Terra do Natal” genoem het. Da Gama het legendariese status verwerf met sy terugkeer na Portugal, en die titel (een van vele) as “Admiraal van die Seë van Persië, Arabië, Indië en die hele Ooste” verkry.

Die voorbereidings vir Da Gama se reis is deur Dias oorsien, en het hy ook as Da Gama se adviseur opgetree. Dias was deel van Da Gama se ekspedisie, en het saam met die vloot geseil tot by die Kaap Verdiese eilande.

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Bartolomeu Dias de Novaes (circa 1451-24 May 1500) was the first European that sailed successfully around the southern point of Africa, with the aim of finding a route to India & the East. On 3 February 1488 his ship laid anchor in the Bay of Saint Blaize (Bahia de São Bras), that would later be renamed to Mosselbay. From there he sailed to the mouth og the Great Fishriver, but could no continue due to threatening mutiny from his crew. According to sources Dias named the Cape “Cabo das Tormentas” (Cape of Storms), and King João II of Portugal renamed it to “Cabo da Boa Esperança” (Cape of Good Hope), but accurate historical evidence (including the testimony of Christopher Columbus) indicates that Dias himself gave the Cape of Good Hope its name.

Vasco da Gama (circa 1460s – 23 December 1524) is regarded as one of the greatest heroes of the ‘Age of Discovery’, him being the first European sailor to successfully reach India, by going ashore in Calicut in 1498. On Christmas Day of 1497, while sailing past the east coast of South Africa, he called it “Terro do Natal” –  ‘Natal’ being Portuguese for Christmas.  Da Gama became a hero on his arrival back in Portugal, and was given plenty of new titles, one being ‘Admiral of the Seas of Persia, Arabia, India and the East”.

Preparations for Da Gama’s expedition were overseen by Dias – and the latter captain also sailed with Da Gama’s armada up to Cape Verde, where they parted company.

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