• Dutch Exploration

    By early 1600s Portugal was losing power in South-East Asia. Holland on the other hand was becoming more powerful and controlled the Dutch East Indies, now called Indonesia.

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  • Willem Janszoon

    Willem Janszoon (1570-1630), also known as Willem Jansz was was a Dutch navigator and colonial governor. He was aboard the Hollandia, part of the second fleet dispatched by the Ductch to the Dutch East Indies (what is now Indonesia) in 1598.

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  • Abel Tasman

    Tasman was sent from the Dutch East Indies. He sailed south and then east. Although Tasman did not find the continent of Australia, he did come across the island of Tasmania, which he named Van Diemen’s Lad in honour of Anthony Van Diemen, the Dutch governor general of Batavia.

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  • Dirk Hartog

    In 1611, a new sailing route that stretched across the Indian Ocean from the Cape of Good Hope, in South Africa to the west coast of Australia pioneered by Brouwer. This new sailing route took advantage of the powerful winds known as the Roaring Forties.

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