Willem Jansz

Jansz, Willem


(also W. Janszoon, W. Janssen). Dates of birth and death unknown. Early 17th-century Dutch navigator and admiral.

Jansz was in the service of the Dutch East India Company. He was the first European to reach the shores of Australia. Sailing aboard the Duyfken, in 1606 Jansz reached the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula, which he thought was part of the island of New Guinea.

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Willem's River, the location of the second landfall of Willem Jansz on the coast of Australia, appears between Eendracht Land discovered in 1616 and De Witt's Land discovered in 1628.
Major globe-makers like Martin Waldseemuller, Johann Schoner, Gerard Mercator, Willem Jansz Blaeu, Emery Molyneux, John Senex, Joseph Moxon, Vincenzo Coronelli and John Cary have their exits and their entrances, along with less well-known figures like Richard Cushee.
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