Who was the first European navigator to reach South Africa?

Christopher Columbus
Bartolomeu Dias
Ferdinand Magellan
Vasco da Gama
During his ex­pe­di­tion in 1487-1488, Bar­tolomeu Dias reached the tip of South Africa. Dias wanted to continue sailing to India, but he was forced to turn back when his crew refused to go further. After re­turn­ing to Lisbon, Dias helped in the con­struc­tion of the ships that were used by Vasco da Gama to even­tu­al­ly reach India ten years later.

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Bartolomeu Dias
Ferdinand Magellan
Vasco da Gama
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women44%
Christopher Columbus
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Bartolomeu Dias
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Ferdinand Magellan
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Vasco da Gama
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