Australia

Oct. 25, 1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog finds Australia’s west coast; Christy Karras; Compass

Although more people are familiar with Australia’s east coast, home to most of the country’s population, its northern and west coasts were the first ones Europeans explored. The Dutch led the way, since they were already trading with what is now Indonesia (which they called the Dutch East Indies). In 1606, Willem Janszoon came upon the Cape York Peninsula, not far from Indonesia on Australia’s northern side, the first European to encounter Australia.

Source: Oct. 25, 1616: Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog finds Australia’s west coast

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