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Tasman, Abel Janszoon

Born: 1603 AD
Died: 1659 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Categories: Explorer

1603 – Born in Lutjegast, Neth.

1632-1633 – Tasman entered the service of the Dutch East India Company.

1634 – His first voyage of exploration to Ceram Island as captain of the Mocha.

1639 – He sailed under Commander Mathijs Hendrickszoon Quast on an expedition in search of the “islands of gold and silver” in the seas east of Japan.

1642 – Leaving Batavia on the 14th of August, with two ships, the Heemskerk and Zeehaen, Tasman sailed to Mauritius then southward and eastward, reaching his most southerly latitude of 49° S at about 94° E.

         – Convinced by the swell that the passage to Chile existed, Tasman now turned northeast, and on the 21st of January he discovered Tonga and on February 6 the Fiji Islands.

1643 – Turning northwest, the ships reached New Guinea waters on April 1 and Batavia on the 14th of June, completing a 10-month voyage on which only 10 men had died from illness.

1647 – Tasman commanded a trading fleet to Siam, and in the following year he commanded a war fleet against the Spaniards in the Philippines.

1659 – Died , probably before on the 22nd of Octotober, certainly on the 5th of February.