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Maps of Australia & New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand existed in cartography only as unknown places in the south until the 1400s. Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius published a world map in 1570 showing "Terra Australis Nondum Cognita," meaning south land not yet known, as a gigantic continent. The need for new trade routes providing access to spices led Dutch explorers to map Australia’s coasts after 1581. An accurate outline of Australia was represented in Dutch explorer Able Tasman’s map, after which Tasman’s explorations were incorporated into Cornelis Dankert’s double hemisphere world map of 1648. Dutch interest in the southern land waned in the 1700s due to the territory’s perceived emptiness and unfriendly climate.

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