Diogo Cão and the Exploration of West Africa

Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão was an important figure in the early years of the Age of Discovery. His efforts would help Portugal become the greatest naval power in the western world at the time.


Diogo Cão and the Exploration of West Africa
Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão travels down the coast of west Africa in the 1480s, becoming the first European to discover the Congo River, and setting the stage for others to round the tip of the continent.

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Diogo Cão – Wikipedia – Not a lot is known about Cão, and the vast majority of sites with biographies pretty much say the same thing as Wikipedia.

Crossing the Ocean Seas by Mary Ames Mitchell is a nice online resource about Cão – and many other exploration-related items.

The Voyages of Diogo Cão and Bartholomeu Dias, 1482-88, by Ernst Georg Ravenstein, and an old (1900) book, but is one of the few that discusses the voyages of Cão.