What portuguese explorer was the first to reach india by sailing around africa?
Vasco da gama
Africa. The sea route around Africa to Asia was perilously stormy, and until modern times made sea routes to Asia more difficult than land routes (the Suez Canal opened in 1869). Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias first succeeded in sailing south of Africa in 1488, naming the southern headland the Cape of Good Hope (Cabo da Boa Esperança).