The Discovery of Australia’s North-West Coast and an Incident at Macassar in 1616

By A. de Booy, published February 1983

Abstract

The voyage to the East Indies by a fleet of eleven Dutch merchantmen in 1616 was plagued by mishaps. The Eendracht, lacking the means to ascertain longitude, took the wrong course and accidentally sighted Australia becoming probably the first Dutch vessel to visit the north-west coast. When the Eendracht reached Macassar the crew found a tense and hostile situation caused by an incident a year earlier when a native vice-ruler had been killed by the Dutch. The crew of the Eendracht were saved on this occasion by the diplomacy of the British captain Nathaniel Courthope.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration

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