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24th November, 1642 the Tasmania Island was discovered

Tasmania Island was discoveredOn the 24th of November, 1642 Abel Tasman, the leader of the expedition of 110 people, saw high banks. It was an island called Van Diemen's land in honor of Anthony van Diemen, who at that time served as the Governor-General of Dutch East Indies land and organized a trip in search of new lands. However, in 1856, the island was renamed Tasmania and named after the Dutch discoverer. If you examine the modern map, close to mainland Australia you can see the island, which is also the Australian state.

The expedition started on the 8th of October, 1642. The main aim was to find southern continent. First of all travelers departed from Bantalii to Mauritius, from which they were going to sail to "fortieth" South latitude and discover the mainland, and then pass the Solomon Islands chain return to Patala and find the shortest route from India to Chile.

The island of Tasmania was not the only discovery. On the 13th of December Dutch explorers saw new land - South Island of New Zealand Alps.

The map of this navigation shows that within 6 weeks the team was able to cover the distance of 2100 km. On the 1st of April sailors approached New Ireland. April 13 travelers found the New Britain Island.

In 1644 Tasman organized a second expedition. This time, the ships headed to the east. The map where the discoveries of Dutch are depicted shows that Tasman had continuous examination of the south coast of New Guinea. Thus, about 750km of the coastline were mapped. Tasman was also the most accurate for that time map of Western and Northern Australia.

This Day in History 24-11-2012