In August 1487, Dias’ three ships departed from the port of Lisbon, Portugal. Along with his crew, 6 Africans that were previously captured, were brought along and were treated fairly. They were spread across the ports in the African coastline.
In early January 1488, two of Dias’ ships sailed off the coast of South Africa and storms blew them away from the coast. With his knowledge of the southern winds, he ordered the ships to rotate 28 degrees, which saved everyone's life.
After arriving 300 miles east of present-day Cape of Good Hope on February 3, 1488, Dias and his men were attacked by the Khoikhoi tribe. He then became violent, and his crew urged that they should leave. And by the time of his death, Dias became the first European explorer to sail around the southern tip of Africa.