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Still more recently the method has been largely employed at the Cape of Good Hope and elsewhere.
In the 15th century the time was approaching when the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope was to widen the scope of geographical enterprise.
The Portuguese, following the lead of Prince Henry, continued to look for the road to India by the Cape of Good Hope.
The first of the Dutch Indian voyages was performed by ships which sailed in April 1595, and rounded the Cape of Good Hope.
The " Resolution " and " Discovery " sailed in 1776, and Cook again took the route by the Cape of Good Hope.