In 1487 A.D., a young and adventurous explorer by the name of Bartholomeu Dias set out on an expedition to find the southern tip of Africa. Up until now, many explorers from Portugal had traveled by ship to the western coasts of Africa. But no one had ever found the southern tip of this large continent. At this time, no one knew how far south it extended.
In 1488 A.D., Dias and his men arrived at the southern tip of Africa, which was later named The Cape of Good Hope. Dias’ bravery helped prove that it was possible to reach Asia by sailing around the tip of Africa.