The Dutch Masters...so the Dutch conquered Australia after all March 24th 2018 I could have been Dutch but they didn't want me.
The first Europeans to discover Australia but only for accidental visits.
Willem Jantz mapped northern Queensland in the Duyfken in 1603 but not welcomed by aborigines and left.
Dirk Hartog left a pewter plate on an island off Western Australia in 1616 that he named New Holland.
Abel Tasman missed mainland Oz completely in 1642 and hit T ... read more
Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney Aboriginal settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia about 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession in the name... ... read more