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Bartolomeu Dias by Ernst Georg Ravenstein
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The biography of Bartolomeu Dias (Bartholomeu Dias, Bartholomew Diaz) (c1450-1500), the Portuguese explorer who was the first European to sail around the southern tip of Africa. His discovery, which he described to his king in the presence of Christopher Columbus, opened up the sea route around Africa to India and the rest of Asia. On his return, Bartolomeu Dias could have been considered the world's greatest discoverer. However, his discoveries did not cease there. Bartolomeu Dias was to take part in more important voyages of discovery than any other explorer. Bartolomeu Dias finally captained a ship in the fleet of Pedro Cabral, which was one of the largest fleets that had ever sailed the Atlantic. It included the discovery of Brazil as one of its achievements. It was the longest voyage in history up to that time, and one of the greatest and most influential voyages of discovery ever made. On passing the site of his discovery of the southern route around Africa Bartolomeu Dias had taken "leave of it as from a beloved son whom he never expected to see again". However, Bartolomeu Dias did return to the site of his greatest discovery, which unfortunately became the site of his greatest tragedy. Bartolomeu Dias is part of a series of biographies, published by Viartis, concerning "The Voyages of Discovery" including : Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Pedro Cabral, Bartolomeu Dias, and Amerigo Vespucci. Between them they discovered and opened up much of the then unknown world. [Data provided by Nielsen]

Author Biography

Ernst Georg Ravenstein was born in Germany, but spent most of his life in England. For twenty years, he was in the service of the Topographical Department of the War Office. He subsequently became a professor of geography at Bedford College, and authored a number of books and maps. Pero Vaz de Caminha sailed in Pedro Cabral's flagship as a writer. One of the two letters sent by Pedro Cabral to the King of Portugal relating their discovery of Brazil was written by him on 1st May 1500. It is the first document describing the discovery of Brazil, and has sometimes been called the first page in the history of Brazil. William Brooks Greenlee left Cornell University near the end of the nineteenth century to travel the world, seeing evidence of the voyages of the discoverers. He brought together for the first time all of the widely scattered published and unpublished documents relating to the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century.
Release date Australia
March 3rd, 2010
Contributors
Edited by Keith Bridgeman Edited by Tahira Arsham
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
None
Imprint
Viartis
Pages
126
Dimensions
152x229x7
ISBN-13
9781906421038
Product ID
4163995

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