Trivia Question: Which major cape is named for the Portuguese word for “needles”?
1. Cape Agulhas
2. Cape Verde
3. Cape Cod
4. Cape Matapan
Cape Agulhas – Africa’s Cape of Good Hope is often mistaken as the southernmost point of the continent; however, that honor belongs to Cape Agulhas, located about 90 miles southeast. Cape Agulhas marks the geographic divide between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Its jagged, rocky shores and reefs likely inspired the Portuguese, who discovered and named for the cape after the word for “needles.” The area is known for major winter storms and became infamous among early sailors as the site of many shipwrecks. The small coastal village of L’Agulhas is situated at the cape, while Cape Town is located approximately 110 miles to the northeast.