The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765 eBook

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B.

See the Hessel Gerritsz—­Huydecoper Chart (No 5.—­VII D), which has G. F. De Witts-land.

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Instructions for Tasman, 1644 [*].

[* The well-known chart of TASMAN, 1644 (see my Life of, Tasman, pp. 71-73) also has the name G. F. De Witt’s Land.]

...Meanwhile in the year 1627 the ship t’ Gulde Zeepaert,...discovered...the south coast of the great Southland, and in the following year 1628 the ship Viana, homeward bound from Batavia, equally unexpectedly discovered the coast of the same land on the north side in the Southern Latitude of 21 degrees, and sailed along it a distance of about 50 miles; none of these discoveries, however, resulting in the obtaining of any considerable information respecting the situation and condition of this vast land, it only having been found that it has barren and dangerous coasts, green, fertile fields and exceedingly savage, black, barbarian inhabitants...

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XXII.

(before 1629) DISCOVERY OF JACOB REMESSENS-, REMENS-, OR ROMMER-RIVER, SOUTH OF WILLEMS RIVER [*].

[* I do not know the date of this discovery.  Since Pelsaert was acquainted with it, it must have taken place before 1629 or 1628.  It cannot have been much earlier, as the name is not found in Hessel Gerritsz’s charts.  I must mention, however, that Leupe has found a steersman of the name of Jacob Remmetsz referred to in the archives of the E.I.C. about the year 1619.]

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Daily annotations of Pelsaert, 1629 (See infra).

...This 16th [of June]...we were in Latitude 22 degrees 17 minutes.  I intended to sail to Jacop Remmessens river.

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Keppler Map (No. 6.—­VII E).

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XXIII.

(1629). [*] SHIPWRECK OF THE SHIP BATAVIA UNDER COMMANDER FRANCOIS PELSAERT ON HOUTMANS ABROLHOS [**].—­FURTHER DISCOVERY OF THE WEST-COAST OF AUSTRALIA.

[* In the year 1628 certain other Dutch vessels sighted or touched at the west-coast of Australia on their outward voyage to India (see LEUPE, Zuidland, p. 58; my edition of the Daily Register of Batavia, p. 341).  What we know on this point is without interest.  I merely mention the fact here, without entering into particulars.]

[** The fact and the particulars of this shipwreck have become sufficiently known, the narrative of it having been published repeatedly and in different languages (see TIELE, Memoires bibliographiques, pp. 262-268; Id.  Bibliographie Land- en Volkenkunde, pp. 172, 190-191, 258f.—­Cf. e.g. also MAJOR, Early Voyages, pp.  LXXXIX—­XCII; 59-74).  I accordingly print in the text only what is strictly necessary; but I give almost in extenso Pelsaert’s journal of his exploratory voyage along the west-coast of Australia.]

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