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The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is located on the very spot where Portuguese mariner Bartolomeu Dias, the first European to ever set foot on the southern shores of Africa, landed in 1488 to pave the way for a sea route around the horn of Africa. Dias discovered a fresh spring near to the shore and named it Aguada de São Bras, meaning watering place of Saint Blaize. This lovely sheltered bay is called Mossel Bay and is a regular stopover for visitors to the Garden Route which extends along this stretch of the southern coastline of South Africa. During the late 16th century and early 17th century, Mossel Bay was used as a refreshment station and where a ship captain once left a letter warning others of pending unrest in India. This ancient old postal tree still survives and the 5 buildings that make up the Bartolomeu Dias museum complex are concentrated around both the tree... Show more