Discovery of Australia

Oct 2015
5,179
Matosinhos Portugal
#1
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
 
Aug 2014
4,342
Australia
#2
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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Dec 2011
1,321
Belgium
#4
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.
 

martin76

Ad Honorem
Dec 2014
6,275
Spain
#9
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.
 

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