Friday, 17 January 2014

Did the Portuguese arrive in Australia first?

Were Portuguese explorers the first Europeans to arrive on the Australia continent?

This very interesting article published today on the BBC News site and another yesterday on the Sydney Morning Herald today reports that the image of a small kangaroo on a copy of religious processional manuscript, originally owned by a "Caterina de Carvalho", recently offered for sale in New York, and supposed to originate from Portugal between 1580 and 1620, may give real evidence that Portuguese explorers did arrive in Australia prior to Dutch explorers.    

Increasingly, traditional western history is being turned upside down by discoveries that do suggest that there was much contact between different parts of the world prior to dates so well established in our "traditional" academic syllabi!!