But it could have been different.
It could quite easily become Portuguese and a cousin to Brazil.I've always been surprised that it didn't.
In 1488, Bartolomeu Dias was the first known European to round the Cape - he called it Cabo das Tormentas. King John II of Portugal later renamed it Cabo da Boa Esperança - Cape of Good Hope.
In 1497 Vasco da Gama also rounded the Cape and established that the route could be used to gain access to the spice producers of the East. Until this time Venice had monopolized the spice trade through a combination of sea and overland through the Middle East. This discovery led to a massive Portuguese influence in the East.
|Dias routs around the Cape|
|Vasco da Gama|
|Francesca de Almeida|
|A carrack as used by De Almeida|
And so, if it were not for De Almeida's stupid decision to allow his men to stea cattle, I would be writing this in Portuguese.
Stan - Quinta-feira