The exploration and mapping of Australia's coastline in the first half of the Seventeenth Century
In 1644 Abel Janszoon Tasman commanded a second expedition with 3 ships, the Zeemeeuw, Limmen and Bracq, and explored and charted the northern and western coast from Cape York to Point Cloates in the West. He called the Western part of the new continent "New Holland".
VOC cartographers were now able to map most of Australia's coastline except the East Coast which still remained a mystery until it was discovered by Captain Cook 126 years later in 1770.
For a complete listing of VOC mariners exploring and charting Australia's Coast from 1606 to 1756 (150 years) see the Voyages and Expeditions web site.
Thyssen & Nuyts 1627
< Cartenszoon 1623
De Wit 1628
"de Wits Land"
" Nuyts Land"
Unveiling Australia's Coastline
1606 - 1658
The mapping of Australia's North, West and Southern Coast by the mariners and explorers of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC).