Pacific Voyages of Schouten, 1619

Le Maire and Schouten set out to try and discover a new route to the East Indies and see if they could discover the missing Southern Continent. Their exploration around Tierra del Fuego confirmed that it could be rounded and so pushing the idea of a southern continent further south. It was also confirmed to be a hazardous route to the Indies from Europe due to the appalling weather and sea conditions. Their crossing of the Pacific was intended to discover if the continent jutted north further along but all they found were small, isolated islands until they reached New Guinea.

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