Why is Cape of Good Hope so significant when it is not the most southerly point on the tip of South Africa?
because it is so great that it can kill you It's just the
southern tip of the cape peninsula. A lot of people think it's the
meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which is actually
also Cape Agulhas (southernmost point). Cape of Good Hope used to
be the Cape of Storms. It's the place also generally where ships
going around the country like from Europe to the east would start
turning eastward (rounding the cape). The name comes from having
good hope of reaching the east. It's the most southwest point of
the country. Has great scenery. One can imagine a ship sailing down
the west side of Africa. It is a long, weary, gruelling journey.
The crew are despondent. One moans that it sure is a long journey.
Then, the Cape of Good Hope is sighted. To them, it's like a light
beacon of hope of reaching the east. Their faces light up, they
cheer. That one says that now they really are on their way to the
east. The Captain asks who'd like to do the honours, to start
turning the ship eastward.