World Map, 1680


This map by Dutch cartographer Justus Danckerts shows the existence of Australia and New Zealand even if he is not sure of just how large they are or how far they extend. Abel Tasman had sailed through the region for the Dutch looking for new trading routes and locations of new markets or suppliers. He had not realised that Tasmania was an island and only visited the North island of New Zealand. Zealand was named after the region of Zeeland in Holland and named as Nova Zeelandia on Dutch maps since the 1640s. There were still many who believed in the existence of a yet larger continent to the south although this map seems to have removed that possibility.


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