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Attempts voyage around Africa

Dias’s expedition included two small sailing ships and a supply ship. The solution to the problem of provisions for long-distance journeys, the supply ship would anchor on a coastline along the way to wait for the other ships in a fleet; on the return trip, these ships would be able to take on new provisions from the supply ship.

The expedition left Lisbon, Portugal, in August 1487. By December, it had reached Walvis Bay, in what is now Namibia, without much difficulty. South of the bay the ships encountered strong head winds, which drove them out to sea, away from the sight of land. They were driven south for 13 days before they were able to turn and head eastward to regain the shore. But after sailing for some time they still did not sight any land.

Sights land

Dias realized that the wind...

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