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What are the capes at the southern tip of Africa?

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The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas are the capes at the southern tip of Africa. Both capes are within the country of South Africa.

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The coastline of the Cape of Good Hope stretches more than 1,500 miles and spans from the Indian to the Atlantic Oceans. Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese explorer, first rounded the Cape in 1488. Rounding the cape became an important trade route for the Portuguese. The Cape of Good Hope is not actually the southernmost point, despite being known as such.

Cape Agulhas, which is actually the southernmost point in Africa, divides the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It lies close to the southernmost town in Africa, L'Agulhas. Cape Agulhas is located about 105 miles southeast of the Cape of Good Hope.

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