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Cape of good hope

Cape of good hope is the most south- western point in Africa.The Cape of Good Hope is located at 34°21′29″S 18°28′19″E. There is a very common misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa and the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, but in fact the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, about 150 kilometres (90 mi) to the southeast. However, when following the coastline from the equator, the Cape of Good Hope marks the psychologically important point where one begins to travel more eastward than southward.

 

The first European to reach the cape was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, who named it the "Cape of Storms". It was later renamed by John II of Portugal as "Cape of Good Hope", because of the great optimism engendered by the opening of a sea route to India and the East.

Picture taken at Cape Point, South Africa.

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Taken on September 27, 2008