Dias, descobridor do Cabo da Boa Esperança, comandava uma
das naus da armada de Pedro Álvares Cabral que desapareceu
durante uma tempestade ao largo desse mesmo cabo em 1500. Na alegoria
acima, as sereias transportam o corpo do grande navegador.
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to the poem: Bartolomeu
Dias carved his place in history when, during the course of a sixteen
-month voyage in 1487-88, he finally rounded Africa thus proving
that there was a sea route to India after all. In 1500 he was in
command of one of the galleons in the second fleet to be sent to
India. After touching Brazil, the fleet set a course to the Cape
of Good Hope where, in a violent storm, several ships were lost
with all hands, including Dias'. The irony that the Cape claimed
the life of its discoverer was not lost in Camoens who used it in
one of the episodes
of The Lusiads. Pessoa, on the other side, dedicated
an epitaph to the fearless Captain of the End of the World.
lies, on the small strand of the furthest reach,
Captain of the End. With Awe now rounded,
sea is the same: let no one fear it now!
shows the world high on his shoulder.