sailors may have sailed along the coastline of Australia as far back
as 1542. Some maps have been found which show parts of what appears
to be the Australian coastline. But there is no definite proof that
they did. In December 1605, the Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernandez
de Quiros left Callao in Peru and journeyed south. He made it as far
as the New Hebrides, naming the islands Australia del Espiritu
Santo. Another ship in the party led by Luis Vaz de Torres
sailed through the Torres Strait. His records, however, do not
mention of sighting land to the south
Did the Portuguese "discover" Australia in the 1520's?
much circumstantial evidence to suggest that a Portuguese
discovery of Australia in the 1520's is highly probable. There is
much evidence to suggest that it was neither the Dutch nor the
British to be the first Europeans to discover Australia, but the
Portuguese, around the 1520's. As stated in McIntyre's "Secret
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