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The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765   By: (1858-1932)

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The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765 by J. E. Heeres is an extensively researched and thought-provoking account of the Dutch role in the exploration and early discovery of Australia. Jan Ernst Heeres' historical narrative sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of Australia's history, which is often overshadowed by later British colonization.

The book begins by delving into the early Dutch voyages to the East Indies and their subsequent attempts to find a new trade route to these lucrative spice islands. Heeres meticulously explores the motivations behind these expeditions and the challenges faced by the Dutch sailors as they ventured into unknown waters.

What truly sets this book apart is its detailed examination of the Dutch explorations of the Australian continent. Heeres presents a wide array of primary sources, including logs, maps, and journals, to provide a comprehensive overview of the Dutch encounters. This abundance of original materials lends credibility to his research and allows readers to gain insight into the mindset and experiences of the Dutch explorers.

Heeres also discusses the interactions between the Dutch and the indigenous populations they encountered during their journeys. While acknowledging the inherently colonial nature of these encounters, he strives to present a nuanced perspective, highlighting instances of cultural exchange and cooperation alongside the conflicts and misunderstandings that arose.

The author's writing style is scholarly yet accessible, making this book suitable for both academics and general history enthusiasts. Although it can be occasionally dense due to the sheer amount of data and references included, Heeres maintains a coherent narrative that guides readers through the events chronologically.

One minor drawback of The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia is the book's focus on the years between 1606 and 1765. While this time frame covers a significant period of Dutch exploration in Australia, it does not delve into the latter half of the 18th century, when British exploration and colonization took precedence. Nonetheless, Heeres acknowledges this limitation in his introduction, and it should not detract from the overall value of his work.

In conclusion, The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765 is a meticulously researched and engaging exploration of the Dutch contribution to the discovery of Australia. Jan Ernst Heeres' comprehensive analysis, combined with his attention to primary sources, provides readers with a valuable historical perspective. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the less-explored dimensions of Australia's early history.

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NOTE: Refer to the note at the end of this ebook for an explanation, by Peter Reynders, of usage regarding 17th Century Dutch Surnames.

THE PART BORNE BY THE DUTCH IN THE DISCOVERY OF AUSTRALIA 1606 1765.

BY

J. E. HEERES, LL. D. PROFESSOR AT THE DUTCH COLONIAL INSTITUTE DELFT

PUBLISHED BY THE ROYAL DUTCH GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY IN COMMEMORATION OF THE XXVth ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FOUNDATION

LONDON LUZAC & CO, 46 GREAT RUSSELL STREET W. C. 1899

CONTENTS.

List of books, discussed or referred to in the work

List of Maps and Figures

Introduction

DOCUMENTS: I. Dutch notions respecting the Southland in 1595 II. Notices of the south coast of New Guinea in 1602 III. Voyage of the ship Duifken under command of Willem Jansz(oon) and Jan Lodewijkszoon Rosingeyn to New Guinea. Discovery of the east coast of the present Gulf of Carpentaria (1605 1606) IV. Fresh expedition to New Guinea by the ship Duifken (1607) V. Voyage of the ships Eendracht and Hoorn, commanded by Jacques Le Maire and Willem Corneliszoon Schouten through the Pacific Ocean and along the north coast of New Guinea (1616) VI. Project for the further discovery of the Southland Nova Guinea (1616) VII. Voyage of de Eendracht under command of Dirk Hartogs(zoon)... Continue reading book >>




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