My name is Barthalomeu Dias. It all started when King John the 2 ordered me to go to the southern end of Africa. He wanted to know if ships could sail to Asia by going around Africa.
After a lot of thinking I went. I orderd three ships and was off. I left in 1487.
When I was sailing and got to the tip of Africa there were storms down there. We were there for ever.
We didnt see land for 13 days. My crew didnt make it to India our food suply went low.
I knew we had made it around the tip of Africa but my crew was very tired. We went to back to Portugal.
We returned in December 1488.
NEW HAMPSHIRE -- the Colony