Discovery of Australia

LatinoEuropa

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Discovery of Australia. By Portuguese (in 1522, by Cristóvão de Mendonça and in 1525 by Gomes de Sequeira)
The main evidence for these undeclared visits was the discovery of two Portuguese cannons sunk off Broome Bay on the northwest coast of Australia. The typology of these pieces of artillery indicates to be of Portuguese manufacture, being able to be dated between the years of 1475 and 1525.


Later Australia was discovered by Captain James Cook on August 21, 1770
 

Dan Howard

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All this implies is that the ship that sailed to those waters used Portuguese cannons, not that the ship itself was Portuguese. The Portugese traded their cannons all over south east Asia for spices, porcelain, and safe passage through pirate-infested waters.

Cook didn't discover Australia. Plenty of Dutch sailors discovered it a century earlier. Janszoon, 1606, was the earliest documented incident. That was followed by Hartog (1616), Houtman (1619), Gerritsz (1622), Carstensz (1623), Thijssen (1627), Tasman (1642).

Brooke was the earliest Englishman (1622).
 
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Naomasa298

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Oh, I imagine the Melanesians discovered it long before the Portuguese.
 
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Discovery of Australia. By Portuguese (in 1522, by Cristóvão de Mendonça and in 1525 by Gomes de Sequeira)
The main evidence for these undeclared visits was the discovery of two Portuguese cannons sunk off Broome Bay on the northwest coast of Australia. The typology of these pieces of artillery indicates to be of Portuguese manufacture, being able to be dated between the years of 1475 and 1525.


Later Australia was discovered by Captain James Cook on August 21, 1770
Latino Europa,

the Dutch were the first with "De duifken" (the little pigeon)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Janszoon

Kind regards, Paul.
 

notgivenaway

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Capt. Cook settled Australia, not the same as discovering it.

He possibly discovered Antarctica, or was the first to see its ice sheets/sea ice.
 

Dan Howard

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Cook never settled Australia either. All he did was map the east coast. He was a Lieutenant when he did this, not a Captain.
 

martin76

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The discovery of Australia is a dark issue... It is not possible to say 100% who was the first European to arrive there... if Portugueses (as Cristovao de Mendoza) or the Spaniards (as Juan Jofré) or Dutch or British.
 

Willempie

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So what's next? A topic on how Portugal invented sliced bread?

Whoever was first didn't find much use for it. The Dutch certainly didn't.