Bartolomeu Dias

1450 - 1500

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Bartolomeu Dias (c. 1450 – 29 May 1500) was a Portuguese mariner and explorer. In 1488, he became the first European navigator to round the southern tip of Africa and to demonstrate that the most effective southward route for ships lies in the open ocean, well to the west of the African coast. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bartolomeu Dias has received more than 1,739,481 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Bartolomeu Dias is the 8th most popular explorer (down from 6th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Portugal and the 3rd most popular Portuguese Explorer.

Bartolomeu Dias is most famous for being the first person to sail around the southern tip of Africa.

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Among explorers, Bartolomeu Dias ranks 8 out of 498Before him are Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Ibn Battuta, and Roald Amundsen. After him are Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, and Prince Henry the Navigator.

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Among people born in 1450, Bartolomeu Dias ranks 1After him are Hieronymus Bosch, Josquin des Prez, John Cabot, Luca Signorelli, Yejong of Joseon, Kara Ahmed Pasha, Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād, Diogo Dias, Martin Schongauer, Francisco de Almeida, and Marko Marulić. Among people deceased in 1500, Bartolomeu Dias ranks 1After him are Diogo Dias, Albert III, Duke of Saxony, Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado, Miguel da Paz, Prince of Portugal, Gil Eanes, Ahmad ibn Mājid, Doukas, Maria of Serbia, Queen of Bosnia, Fernão do Pó, John of Foix, Viscount of Narbonne, and Bartolomé Bermejo.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Bartolomeu Dias ranks 3 out of 633Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480), and Vasco da Gama (1460). After him are Anthony of Padua (1195), José Saramago (1922), Cristiano Ronaldo (1985), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), António Guterres (1949), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), and Luís de Camões (1524).

Among EXPLORERS In Portugal

Among explorers born in Portugal, Bartolomeu Dias ranks 3Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480), and Vasco da Gama (1460). After him are Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Diogo Cão (1440), Diogo Dias (1450), Diego Columbus (1479), Tristão da Cunha (1460), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565).