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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This part also describes Coronelli's use of vital statistical data (population, longevity, births), as well as on the different points of view and versions of geographic landscapes by Dutch cartographer Willem Jansz Blaeu and Vitale Terrarossa (Professor at the University of Padua, and an Argonaut himself).
Djoeke van Netten, Koopman in kennis: De uitgever Willem Jansz Blaeu in de geleerde wereld (1571-1638).
It was the Dutch determination to locate the Great Southland within their existing East Indian commercial empire that resulted in the first known European landing on the Australian continent, that of Willem Jansz at Cape York in 1606.
The only known arrival between those dates was of a ship not in the list, the Mauritius, with supercargo Willem Jansz and skipper Lenaert Jacobsz.
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.
This section also addresses the "Age of Discovery" through celestial maps such as Johannes Honter's The Southern Constellations (1541) and Willem Jansz.