Willem Janszoon


Willem Janszoon Dutch pronunciation: ˈʋɪləm ˈjɑnsoːn; c 1570–1630, sometimes abbreviated to Willem Jansz,1 was a Dutch navigator and colonial governor Janszoon served in the Netherlands East Indies in the periods 1603–11 and 1612–16, including as governor of Fort Henricus on the island of Solor2 He is the first European known to have seen the coast of Australia during his voyage of 1605–06

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Exploration and Discovery
    • 21 First voyage to Australia
    • 22 Second voyage to Australia
  • 3 Political life
  • 4 Records
  • 5 Notes
  • 6 References

Early lifeedit

Willem Janszoon was born around 1570, but nothing is known of his early life

Janszoon is first recorded as entering into the service of the Oude compagnie, one of the predecessors of the Dutch East India Company VOC, in 1598 as a mate aboard the Hollandia, part of the second fleet under Jacob Cornelisz van Neck, dispatched by the Dutch to the Dutch East Indies3 On 5 May 1601, he again sailed for the East Indies as master of the Lam, one of three ships in the fleet of Joris van Spilbergen4

Janszoon sailed from the Netherlands for the East Indies for the third time on 18 December 1603, as captain of the Duyfken or Duijfken, meaning "Little Dove", one of twelve ships of the great fleet of Steven van der Hagen5 When the other ships left Java, Janszoon was sent to search for other outlets of trade, particularly in "the great land of New Guinea and other East and Southlands"

Exploration and Discoveryedit

First voyage to Australiaedit

Main article: Janszoon voyage of 1605–06 19th-century artist impression of the ship Duyfken in the Gulf of Carpentaria

On 18 November 1605, the Duyfken sailed from Bantam to the coast of western New Guinea After that, Janszoon crossed the eastern end of the Arafura Sea, without seeing the Torres Strait, into the Gulf of Carpentaria On 26 February 1606, he made landfall at the Pennefather River on the western shore of Cape York in Queensland, near the town of Weipa This is the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent Janszoon proceeded to chart some 320 km of the coastline, which he thought was a southerly extension of New Guinea

Finding the land swampy and the people inhospitable ten of his men were killed on various shore expeditions, at Cape Keerweer "Turnabout", south of Albatross Bay, Willem Janszoon decided to return and arrived at Bantam in June 1606 He called the land he had discovered "Nieu Zeland" after the Dutch province of Zeeland, but the name was not adopted and was later used by Abel Tasman for New Zealand

The Duyfken was actually in Torres Strait in March 1606, a few months before Luís Vaz de Torres sailed through it In 1607 Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge sent him to Ambon and Banda6 In 1611 Janszoon returned to the Netherlands believing that the south coast of New Guinea was joined to the land along which he sailed, and Dutch maps reproduced this error for many years Though there have been suggestions that earlier navigators from China, France or Portugal may have discovered parts of Australia, the Duyfken is the first European vessel definitely known to have done so

Second voyage to Australiaedit

Janszoon reported that on 31 July 1618, he had landed on an island at 22° South with a length of 22 miles and 240 milesvague SSE of the Sunda Strait7 This is generally interpreted as a description of the peninsula from Point Cloates 22°43′S 113°40′E / 22717°S 113667°E / -22717; 113667 to North West Cape 21°47′S 114°09′E / 21783°S 114150°E / -21783; 114150 on the Western Australian coast, which Janszoon presumed was an island, without fully circumnavigating it8

Political lifeedit

Hessel Willem Janszoon’s Vliege Bay, Dubbelde Rev, R Visch, and Cape Keerweer on the coast of Nueva Guinea on Hessel Gerritszoon’s map of the Pacific Ocean, 1622

Around 1617/18 he was back in the Netherlands and was appointed as a member of the Council of the Indies He served as admiral of the Dutch Defense fleet9 Janszoon was awarded a gold chain worth 1,000 guilders in 1619 for his part in capturing four ships of the British East India Company near Tiku on West Sumatra, which had aided the Javanese in their defense of the town of Jakarta against the Dutch10 In 1620 he was one of the negotiators with the English In a combined fleet they sailed to Manila to prevent Chinese merchants dealing with the Spanish Janszoon became vice-admiral, and the year later admiral Near the end of his life, Janszoon served as governor of Banda 1623–2711 He returned to Batavia in June 1627 and soon afterwards, as admiral of a fleet of eight vessels, went on a diplomatic mission to India12 On 4 December 1628, he sailed for Holland and on 16 July 1629, reported on the state of the Indies at The Hague12 He was now probably about sixty years old and ready to retire from his strenuous and successful career in the service of his country Nothing is known of his last days, but he is thought to have died in 1630

Recordsedit

The original journal and log made during Janszoon’s 1606 voyage have been lost The Duyfken chart,13 which shows the location of the first landfall in Australia by the Duyfken, had a better fate It was still in existence in Amsterdam when Hessel Gerritszoon made his Map of the Pacific in 1622, and placed the Duyfken geography upon it, thus providing us with the first map to contain any part of Australia The chart was still in existence around 1670, when a copy was made This eventually went to the Imperial Library in Vienna and remained forgotten for two hundred years The map is part of the Atlas Blaeu Van der Hem, brought to Vienna in 1730 by Prince Eugene of Savoy The information from his charts was included in the marble and copper maps of the hemispheres on the floor of The Citizens’ Hall of the Royal Palace Amsterdam1415

Notesedit

  1. ^ The patronymic Janszoon means 'son of Jan,' or 'son of Johannes' Janszoon in Dutch In the early seventeenth century, this was in some dialects probably pronounced the same as Jansen, a name equivalent to Johnson in English Surnames were usually not used and children were simply named for their father's given name In areas where not many people lived, but also in towns and cities, he would simply be given the name Willem Jansz; thus, all that is known about him is that his father's name was Johannes or Jan As in many countries, genealogical and historical research in the Netherlands can be difficult for this reason See Note on 17th Century Dutch names Project Gutenberg of Australia 31 July 2005 
  2. ^ Mutch 1942, p43
  3. ^ Mutch 1942, p13
  4. ^ Mutch 1942, p15
  5. ^ Mutch 1942, p17
  6. ^ Dictionary of Australian Biography I-K Gutenbergnetau Retrieved on 2013-08-02
  7. ^ Heeres 1899, p13
  8. ^ Mutch 1942, p46
  9. ^ Mutch 1942, p49
  10. ^ Mutch 1942, p48
  11. ^ Mutch 1942, p50
  12. ^ a b Mutch 1942, p51
  13. ^ Unidentified 1670, Dese Pascaerte vertoont de wegh, soo int heen als in het weerom seylen, die gehouden is bij het Jacht het Duijfien in het besoecken van de landen beoosten Banda, tot aen Nova Guinea, Maer Guili-guli op Cenam, ende Caram etc, is na de afteijckeninge van Abraham Francken A 1602 den 20 April gedaen, Ende Nieuw Zelandt met de Gounongapi daer beoosten is beseijlt, bij Jasper Janssen de Jonge This chart shows the routes taken by the pinnace Duyfken on the outward as well as on the return voyage when she visited the countries east of Banda up to New Guinea But Guli Guli on Ceran and Ceram, etc is after the survey drawn by Abraham Francken anno 1602, done 20th April, and Nieuw Zelant with the Gunung Api east of there has been sailed about by Jasper Janssen de Jonge, Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek Bildarchiv, OCLC 455936201, retrieved 19 February 2013 
  14. ^ South Land to New Holland: Dutch Charting of Australia 1606–1756
  15. ^ http://wwwhistorychannelcomau/tv-shows/showDetailsaspxshow=617

Referencesedit

  • Heeres, J E 1899 Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765 London: Royal Dutch Geographical Society, Project Gutenberg of Australia p 114 
  • Mutch, T D 1942 The First Discovery of Australia Sydney: Mutch, Project Gutenberg of Australia p 55 
  • Scott, Ernest 16 July 1916 A short History of Australia Melbourne: Project Gutenberg of Australia 
  • Serle, Percival 1949 "Janszoon, Willem" Dictionary of Australian Biography Sydney: Angus and Robertson 
  • Forsyth, J W 1967, "Janssen, Willem fl 1603 - 1628", Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University 


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