Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is located on the Cape Peninsula of South Africa, though a common misperception is that it is the southern tip of Africa (which is Cape Agulhas). The Cape of Good Hope has nevertheless been significant to sailors as it marks where they begin to sail more eastward than southward. Portuguese explorer Bartolomeau Dias made the first modern rounding of the Cape in 1488 as he attempted to form trade relations with the Far East.

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Latitude: -34.356842500000
Longitude: 18.473988200000

Timeline of Events Associated with Cape of Good Hope

Date Event Manage
Oct 1831 to Oct 1836

Darwin's voyage on the Beagle

Photograph of Charles DarwinFrom October 1831 to October 1836, Charles Darwin circumnavigated the world as ship’s naturalist on board the H.M.S. Beagle; he later published his first book based on the journal of his experiences and observations during the voyage. Image: Henry Maull and John Fox, Photograph of Charles Darwin (c. 1854). This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Nancy Armstrong, “On Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, 24 February 1871″

Ian Duncan, “On Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle

Anna Henchman, “Charles Darwin’s Final Book on Earthworms, 1881”

Cannon Schmitt, “On the Publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, 1859″

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