Great South Land
The extraordinary story of how Dutch sailors found Australia and an English Pirate almost beat Captain Cook.
On 15 January 1688 - almost 100 years to the day before Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Botany Bay as commander of the First Fleet - another English ship, the sixteen-gun Cygnet, was running downwind on a gentle breeze while closing on the coast of the same contin...more
The Dutch merchants who inadvertantley became explorers of the australian coast was the opening half of the book. Then the really serious dutch explorations of abel tasman, willem janz and cartenz, but all failed to find the passage ( torres strait ) through to the east coast of Australia.
The best part of the book is the next half on William Dampier. Absolutley spell binding and eye popping is this sea explorers life it's beyond amazing. In a nutshell, the first ever ...more
But did you know that over 200 years before the birth of Christ, the Ancient Egyptians were perhaps the first maritime explorers to come close to discovering mainland Australia and may have made contact with the inhabitants of certain surrounding islands?
I didn’t. And this, and many ...more