In 1606, the Duyfken, captained by Willem Janszoon
, encountered a swampy land with unfriendly people and he quickly said farewell to Australia.
The description on the Goos/van Keulen (c.1690) map is a typical topographic descriptor seen on 17th and 18th century Dutch maps, which often show other descriptors such as: "waterplaets" (watering place), "Soute rivier/Zout rivier" (Salt(y) river), and on Willem Janszoon
's 1606 map of Cape York: "Laegh landt" (Low(-lying) land), "Marasich Landt" (Marshy Land), "Modder Landt" (Mud(dy) Land), "Rivier met het Bosch" (River with forest/bush) (see the 'Duyfken Chart' 1925-1933) (Tent 2006).
Mundle takes readers aboard the tiny ship, Duyfken, in 1606 when Dutch navigator and explorer, Willem Janszoon
, and his 20-man crew became the first Europeans to discover Australia on the coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
HOW Aidan O'Brien must wish Willem Janszoon
was still alive to help him find another Australia.
But, as Willem Janszoon
Blaeu's maps of Americae (1617), Asia (1618), and Africae (1619) (10) show, the exotic did not necessarily equate to the monstrous.
In April last year, at Christie's, Amsterdam, a pair of library globes by Willem Janszoon
Blaeu (1571-1638), whose spheres were the world's largest and most accurate, sold for 793,000 [euro].
A Letter Dated May 18, 1610 A Letter of Willem Janszoon
, Teacher at Rijnsburg, to Reynier Wybrantsz.
Original works by Willem Janszoon
Blaeu are rare collectors' items, and his map of India, "Magni Mogolis Imperium" (or "The Kingdom of the Mughals"), is in my opinion a priceless piece.
While nearby islanders have long traded with Australia's Indigenous peoples, most history books count the Dutchman Willem Janszoon
as being the first documented contact in 1606, when he sailed along the western side of Cape York Peninsula.
By 1603, Phoenix had alighted on the celestial globes of Willem Janszoon
Blaeu and was also roosting in Johann Bayer's celestial atlas, Uranometria.
P Cygni has been visible to the naked eye ever since Dutch cartographer Willem Janszoon
Blaeu first spotted it on Aug.