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.
When did Europeans map Australia?
According to popular history, Australia was first visited by Europeans when Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon “discovered” the continent in the early 17th century, and later fully explored by Captain Cook.
Is Australia still a British colony?
The final constitutional ties between the United Kingdom and Australia ended in 1986 with the passing of the Australia Act 1986. … Due to Australia’s history as a colony of Britain, the two nations retain significant shared threads of cultural heritage, many of which are common to all English-speaking countries.
Did the 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.
Who was in Australia before the aboriginal?
Researchers say the findings overturn a 2001 paper that argued the oldest known Australian human remains found near Lake Mungo in New South Wales were from an extinct lineage of modern humans that occupied the continent before Aboriginal Australians.