A Sixteenth-Century Discovery of the Tiwi Islands: Real Evidence or Wishful Thinking?

William Richardson

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    Abstract

    Inconsistent, non-standardized spelling, multiple languages, transcription errors, and misinformation are among the numerous challenges to correctly identifying geographic locations on early modern maps. This article draws attention to sixteenth-century cartographic errors and challenges modern identifications of several islands in the southern sea, arguing that a successful case for early discovery of the Tiwi Islands off the northern coast of Australia has not yet been made.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)52-77
    Number of pages26
    JournalTerrae Incognitae: the journal for the history of discoveries
    Volume43
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

    Keywords

    • Pigafetta
    • Sixteenth-century cartography
    • Tiwi islands
    • Toponymy

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