Tag: Bartolomeu Dias

On vacation (still) Part I

On Monday we woke up to grey skies and water falling from the skies.  After checking that it wasn’t the end of the world arriving six months late, we headed in to Mossel Bay for a bit of museuming and a spot of shopping at the covered flea market.  We had last been to the Dias Museum exactly four years ago (give or take a couple of days) on our honeymoon.  Here are some photos.

Bartolomeu Dias
Bartolomeu Dias in the…flesh?
Bartolomeu Dias Plaque
The plaque on the statue. It’s in Portuguese.

I’ve mentioned Bartolomeu Dias in a previous post.  In 1488 he was the first European (as far as we know) to travel beyond the southern tip of Africa.  After landing at Mossel Bay he made it as far as a third of the way between what is today known as Port Elizabeth and East London before his crew forced him to turn back due to fears that their supplies will run out.  Consequently Dias never found a route to India as had been the intention, that honour going to his countryman, Vasco da Gama. Continue reading “On vacation (still) Part I”