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''Where is cape of good hope' Why was it so named?

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Asked by Apurba Nandi, 20 Nov '07 09:22 pm
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The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. There is a very common misconception that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa but this is not the case. The most southerly point is about 150 kilometres (90 mi) farther to the south-east, at Cape Agulhas. It can be argued, however, that it is the persistent southerly extension of the African coast, as the Cape of Good Hope relents for the first time anywhere south of the equator and, therefore, the rounding of the Cape of Good Hope in 1498 was a major psychological and geographic milestone in the attempts by the Portuguese to establish a sea route to the Far East.
As one of the great capes of the South Atlantic Ocean, the Cape of Good Hope has been of special significance to sailors for many years and is widely referred to by them simply as The Cape. The Cape is a major milestone on the clipper route followed by clipper ships to the Far East and Australia, and still followed by several o ...more
Answered by GOPI KUMAR, 20 Nov '07 09:27 pm

 
  
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