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Bartolomeu Dias

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Q: Why did Bartolomeu Dias turn around when he did?
     A: Bartolomeu Dias turned around at that time because his men were forcing him to go back home. His men were exhausted and frightened and their provisions were running out.

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East london is 50km NE of Hamburg, Dias's turning point

Q: Why did Dias's squadron carry six African captives with them on the voyage?

     A: Dias's squadron took the African captives with them because they were to be landed at various places on the coast to praise the greatness of the Portuguese. The captives also had to explain to local chiefs that the Portuguese king wished to establish friendly relations and make contact with Prester John, the legendary Christian king of Ethiopia.