Indian Ocean, early sea chart with Australia - Jansson
"Mar di India"
”, copper engraving published in Amsterdam, by Jan Jansson in 1650. It owes its importance to the rendering of the coastline of Australia, which bears the name “TERRA DEL ZUR”.
This chart was produced after Tasman's second voyage in 1644. However, the map continues to show Dutch discoveries of the north east and south west of Australia unconnected.
The chart originates from the first European folio sea atlas, Johannes Janssonius’ “De Water-Weereld” and covers the area between the Cape of Good Hope and Japan. Beautiful cartouche in central lower margin. Size: 55,5 x 43 cm. Original hand colouring. Verso French text.
The expedition of Dutchman Jan Carstensz to New Guinea and Australia in 1623 led to various discoveries. Those done by his ship the Pera on the West Coast of Cape York Peninsula are depicted on the map. The results of the voyage of Carstensz’ second ship the Arnhem however, are omitted.
Captain Gerrit Frederikszoon de Wit, aboard the Vianen, sighted Australia’s west coast. Sailing north, he charted the north-west coast and named the country “G.F. de Wits [Land]”.
Dirk Hartog, in the Eendracht, made an unintended landfall in 1616. Instead of reaching the East Indies he sighted “different islands, but uninhabited” off the coast of Western Australia, near Shark Bay. Hartog stepped ashore on 25 October 1616, the first authenticated landing by a European on Australian soil. ’T Landt van de Eendracht is on the map.
Captain Frederik de Houtman in the Dordrecht and Jacob d'Edel in the Amsterdam sighted land south of the mouth of the Swan River, before sailing north and discovering the Houtman Abrolhos, or Abrolhos Islands. D’Edels landing and Houtman Abrolhos are on the map.
The Leeuwin reached the south-western most tip of Australia, the map states “’t Landt van de Leeuwin”. The land above the southern coast of Australia ”’t landt van Nuyts” was named after Pieter Nuyts, chief merchant aboard the Gulden Zeepaert that had charted 1800 another kilometres from “’t Landt van de Leeuwin”.
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