SYDNEY (Reuters) – A 16th century maritime map in a Los Angeles library vault proves that Portuguese adventurers, not British or Dutch, were the first Europeans to discover Australia, says a new book which details the secret discovery of Australia. … The maps represented the known world at the time.
Did the Portuguese have colonies in Australia?
Some evidence suggests that Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to visit Australia. Three hundred years later, a few Portuguese were among the earliest settlers in Australia. Emanuel and Ana Serrão and their infant daughter arrived in Sydney in 1824, and moved to Warrnambool with their family in 1852.
Did Chinese discover Australia?
You see in the 1420s Australia’s west and east coasts were visited and charted by the Chinese. … They swept up the west coast of Africa, sailed down the east and west coasts of both North and South America – and they even visited the Arctic and Antarctic.
How did Britain take over Australia?
Britain’s first contact with Australia came with Captain Cook’s voyage in the ship Endeavour. He landed in Australia in 1770 and claimed it as a British territory. … A fleet of 11 ships, containing 736 convicts, some British troops and a governor set up the first colony of New South Wales.