The New Student's Reference Work/Diaz, Bartolomeu
Diaz (dē′ äs), Bartolomeu, a Portuguese discoverer, who lived during the latter part of the 15th century. In August, 1486, the king of Portugal placed him in command of two vessels, with which to follow up the discoveries that had been made by Portuguese adventurers on the western coast of Africa. Driven by a storm, he sailed around the southern end of Africa without at first knowing it, and discovered Algoa Bay. His crew were mutinous, and he was obliged to return to Portugal, where he was received with great enthusiasm. He joined, three years later, the expedition of Cabral, a discoverer of Brazil, but was lost in a storm at sea, May 29, 1500.