The Cape of Good Hope is a rocky promontory at the tip of the peninsula just outside the city of Cape town in south Africa. It was named by the 15th century Portuguese explorer Bartolomeo Dias who was searching for the southern limits of the African continent. He named the place the Cape of Storms, but later changed it to ' Cape of Good Hope'.
The cape plays an important role in south African history as a stopping point for trading ships sailing between Europe and European colonies in the east, it marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward, as it sails along the coast of Africa.
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.