WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Africas most South-Westerly Tip

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY:

The Fairest Cape of the World – The Cape of Good Hope

Being one of the most spectacular capes of the South Atlantic Ocean, South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope near Cape Town, Western Province, has long been of great importance to sailors.  The first European to reach the Cape Peninsula of South Africa was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, who named it the “Cape of Storms” (Cabo das Tormentas)  in 1488.  The tip of Africa was later renamed as “Cape of Good Hope” (Cabo da Boa Esperança) by John II of Portugal based on the great optimism encountered by the opening of an ocean route to the East and India.

Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Peninsula, South Africa

The Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula, South Africa

The Cape Peninsula, South Africa

The Cape Peninsula in South Africa

 

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