Tasman of Tasmania

Born in 1603, Abel Janszoon Tasman was a Dutch explorer for the Dutch East India Company. While searching for profitable sea routes, Tasman discovered Tasmania, New Zealand, Tonga, and the Fiji Islands.

Despite sailing all around Australia and discovering multiple lands, he never even saw the almost 3 million square foot island and returned a disappointment. The Dutch East India Company had expected riches beyond belief and were disappointed with mere exploration and discovery.

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Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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