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.
Who really found Australia?
Willem Janszoon – 1st European to “Discover” Australia
Willem Janszoon is credited with being the first Europeans to discover Australia. On 26 February 1606, Dutch sailing ship the Duyfken, captained by Janszoon, anchored off the Pennefather River in the Gulf of Carpentaria and went ashore.
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.
Did Dirk Hartog discover Australia?
It was here in October 1616 that Dirk Hartog and his crew became the first Europeans to land on the west coast of Australia.
Why did it take so long to discover Australia?
There was no European settlement in Australia till 1788, 182 years after its’ first discovery. The reasons for the delay in initially discovering Australia, then mapping it and then settling in it are: Exploration was all about trade.
How many Portuguese are in Australia?
There are approximately 56,000 Portuguese migrants and Australians with Portuguese heritage in Australia.