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 lay in the open ocean, well to west of the African coast. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bartolomeu Dias has received more than 1,294,940 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Bartolomeu Dias is the 6th most popular explorer (up from 10th 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 6 out of 405Before him are Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, and Amerigo Vespucci. After him are Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Bartolomeu Dias ranks 3 out of 479Before him are Ferdinand Magellan (1480) and Vasco da Gama (1460). After him are Anthony of Padua (1195), José Saramago (1922), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), António Guterres (1949), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), and Afonso I of Portugal (1109).

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), Diego Columbus (1479), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), Diogo Dias (1450), Tristão da Cunha (1460), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565).