Spectacular Image of the Storied Southern Tip of Africa
This dramatic photograph is brought to you by Worldwide Gifts in the form of a pictorial refrigerator magnet as a fantastic souvenir from South Africa. For centuries, travelers and explorers have venerated this particular locale as the turning point for ships traveling to Australia and the Far East. This stunning locale is an historical milestone that was originally named the Cape of Storms by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, but a more optimistic King John II of Portugal renamed this spot the Cape of Good Hope because of the importance of opening a new seagoing trade route.
Today the Cape of Good Hope remains as an extremely desirable place to visit for world travelers, and is still used as a turning point in many important yacht and sailing races. The opportunity to stand on the plateau above the steep cliffs and churning waters provides an unforgettable thrill in addition to one of the most amazing panoramic views on the planet.
Legends of the Cape of Good Hope
There are many historical anecdotes and information regarding this spot, including the fact that although it was considered to be the southernmost tip of Africa and the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, that spot is actually about 90 miles east-southeast at Cape Agulhas. However, regardless of geography, the Cape of Good Hope retains its historical designation for most people.
In addition to its historic significance, there are also a few legends surrounding the Cape of Good Hope. One of the most notable legends is that of the infamous Flying Dutchman. Nautical folklore from the 17th century tells of a ghost ship that is doomed to sale the waters off the Cape forever, never able to round the Cape and head for port. There are many tales of sightings of a phantom ship glowing with an unearthly light.