Willem Jansz

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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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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.
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