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DIAS,. Bartholomew (de'as), Portuguese navigator, born about the middle of the 15th century; lost at sea, 29 May 1500, while on his way from Brazil to India. In 1486 he sailed on an expedition to explore the western coast of Africa, and, without knowing it, was carried around the southern point of the continent and landed at the mouth of Great Fish River, where he discovered that he was on the eastern coast. The stormy cape that he doubled on his return in 1487 he called Cabo Tormentoso, a name that the king of Portugal changed into Cabo de Boa Esperanca, or Cape of Good Hope. He subsequently sailed on another African expedition under Vasco de Gama, and commanded one of the vessels of the fleet with which Cabral discovered Brazil.
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