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The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea Being The Narrative of Portuguese and Spanish Discoveries in the Australasian Regions, between the Years 1492-1606, with Descriptions of their Old Charts.   By: (1847-1931)

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In "The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea," George Collingridge takes readers on a captivating journey through the unexplored Australasian regions between the years 1492-1606. With meticulous research and an engaging narrative style, Collingridge sheds light on the lesser-known Portuguese and Spanish expeditions that paved the way for the eventual European discovery of Australia.

Collingridge's book serves as an invaluable resource for those interested in the early history of exploration. His attention to detail is remarkable, as he presents a wealth of information about the various voyages and the individuals involved, supplemented by descriptions of the old charts used during that time. By delving into primary sources and historical records, Collingridge breathes life into these forgotten expeditions, providing a comprehensive account of the first encounters between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of Australia and New Guinea.

One of the strengths of this book lies in the author's ability to portray these journeys in a manner that captures the imagination. Collingridge's storytelling skills transport readers back in time, allowing them to witness the awe-inspiring landscapes, the daunting challenges faced by the explorers, and the complexities of cross-cultural encounters. Through vivid descriptions and engaging anecdotes, he paints a vivid picture of the exploration of the Australasian regions, making it easy for readers to become fully immersed in the tales of exploration and discovery.

Moreover, Collingridge skillfully navigates the controversial aspects of these Portuguese and Spanish voyages. He acknowledges the imperialistic motives and the often violent encounters with Indigenous peoples, presenting a balanced view of the historical context while recognizing the profound impact of these discoveries. By acknowledging both the achievements and the less desirable aspects of these expeditions, Collingridge encourages readers to critically assess the history of European exploration.

While this book is undoubtedly a treasure trove of information, it may be overwhelming for readers not already familiar with the topic. Collingridge assumes a certain level of prior knowledge, which may pose a challenge to those seeking a more introductory exploration of this history. Additionally, the inclusion of numerous old charts and maps, while beneficial to scholars and enthusiasts, could be overwhelming or distracting for some readers.

Overall, "The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea" is an illuminating and comprehensive account that showcases Collingridge's deep passion for the subject. With his meticulous research and captivating storytelling, he successfully resurrects the forgotten tales of early exploration, shedding light on the Portuguese and Spanish contributions to the discovery of Australia. This book serves as a valuable resource for history aficionados, scholars, and anyone seeking to enrich their understanding of the early exploration of the Australasian regions.

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The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea

Being The Narrative of Portuguese and Spanish Discoveries in the Australasian Regions, between the Years 1492 1606, with Descriptions of their Old Charts.

By George Collingridge De Tourcey, M.C.R.G.S., of Australasia;

Hon. Corr. M.R.G.S., Melbourne, Victoria; Hon. Corr. M.N.G.S., Neuchatel, Switzerland; Hon. Corr. M. of the Portuguese G.S.; Hon. Corr. M. of the Spanish G.S.; Founder (with his brother, Arthur Collingridge) and First Vice President of the Royal Art Society of N.S.W., Australia; Author of "The Discovery of Australia," etc., etc.

First published 1906

"Olba a Sunda tao larga que huma banda Esconde para o Sul difficultuoso." CAMO√čNS. Os Lusiadas.


I. In Quest of the Spice Islands II. Voyages to the Spice Islands and Discovery of Papua III. The Spice Islands in Ribero's Map IV. Villalobos' Expedition and Further Discoveries in Papua V. The First Map of New Guinea VI. Jave la Grande, The First Map of Australia VII. Pierre Desceliers' Map VIII. Desliens' Map IX. Mendana and Sarmiento Discover the Solomons X. Mendana in Search of the Solomon Islands. An Early Map of the Solomons XI. Queiroz's Voyage. A Spanish Map of the Bay of St. Philip and St. James, in Espiritu Santo Island (New Hebrides) XII... Continue reading book >>

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