Research Paper on Bartholomew Dias

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Dalton Brown
10/7/12
Mrs Holly
Core 4

Born in 1450, Bartolomeu Dias was sent by Portuguese King John II to explore the coast of Africa and find a way to the Indian Ocean.  Bartolomeu Dias was a Portuguese explorer and he was in charge of the Royal Warehouse in Lisbon. He sailed through the west coast of Africa. Since he did that he opened the sea route to asia via the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Bartolomeu Dias was sent in this voyage to reach two main purposes, first to reach and find a new rout to India and China, and second to reach and discover, when did Africa end towards South. Dias was a very perseverant man that always wanted to discover new routes and new parts of the world. Once he got to South Africa he noticed that he had reached his first goal, but the second one was missing which was reaching India. He is usually the greatest of the Portuguese pioneer’s who explored the Atlantic during the 15th century.

In 1474, king Alfonso v entrusted his son prince john, with the supervision of Portugal’s trade with guinea and the exploration of the western coast of Africa. John sought to close the area to foreign shipping and after his accession in 1481 ordered new voyages of discovery to ascertain the southern limits of African continent. The navigators were given pillars to stake the claims of the Portuguese crown. Thus one of them, diogo cao, reached the Congo and sailed down the coast of Angola to cape Santa maria at 13'26 degrees south, marker at 15'40 and another at cape cross continuing to 22'10 south royal hopes that he would reach the indian ocean were disappointed, and nothing more is head. Almost nothing is known about the life of Bartolomeu de Novaes Dias before 1487, except that he was at the court of João II, king of Portugal, and was a superintendent of the royal warehouses. He likely had much more sailing experience than his one recorded stint aboard the warship São Cristóvão. Dias was probably in his mid- to late 30s in 1486 when João...
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