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I realise that this is not the best picture ever taken of Cape Point, but it is the best one I was able to take on one of my regular visits there. On the top left corner in the picture, is the place where I will be standing the next time I go there and then I shall be able to give you a much better view of the actual point. I found the following about Cape Point on the internet.

Bartholomeu Dias, the Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around the Cape. This was in 1488. On his return voyage – which must have been particularly stormy – Dias stopped at the south-western tip of Africa, and named it Cabo Tormentoso, or Cape of Storms.

King John of Portugal later gave it the name Cabo da Boa Esperança, or Cape of Good Hope.

Another Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, rounded the Cape on 22 November 1497 on his way to India.

The journeys of these explorers led to the establishment of the Cape sea route. This meant more regular sailings around the tip. It also indirectly to led to a number of casualties along these unpredictable shores. Today, shipwrecks and stone crosses bear testimony to the treacherous and challenging historic sea route.

Lighthouses

The lighthouse at Cape Point is the most powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometres, and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds.

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  • Copyright: Tillie Coetzee (Mathilda) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 26] (80)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-11-05
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.9, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 7:42
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