Bartolomeo Diaz in 1487 stopped here to shelter from the strong winds that sweep the coast of Namibia. He called this place Angra Pequena, meaning small bay. Four centuries later the small town that had formed at the bottom of this cove was named Luederitz, named after Adolf Luederitz, a German tobacco trader who had bought the land as a starting point for exploring the interior, sure to find metals and precious stones. He died during the search, his boat sank in the rapids of the Orange River and never returned to the coast. But the view of him was not wrong.
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