Abel Tasman was a Dutch explorer who was born in Lutjegast, Netherlands in the year 1603. He married twice and had a daughter.
He led the expedition by the command of Governor General Van Deiman to sail across the pacific ocean in finding out more about the unknown Southern Island.
After retiring as the captain of the ship in the Dutch East India Company he became a merchant that traded and supplied goods to foreign countries.
In 1659, Abel Tasman died in Batavia Indonesia as a happy and wealthy man.
About Abel Tasman
Abel received an exceptionable education allowing him to express his thoughts clearly in writing and to become a skilled navigator.
In 1642, he discovered Van Deiman's Land that is now known as Tasmania (renamed in 1856). He also charted the northwest Australian coastline of New Holland (Australia) from Cape York Peninsula to Wilhem's River on the Tropic of Capricorn in 1644.
Abel Tasman has discovered the most amount of remaining unknown parts of the globe than any other sailor before him. He rarely sailed close to the coastline around a new continent to accurately chart it on the map.
The discovery of Tasmania has contributed to the community's interest of everything to do with the sea and water. Abel Tasman wasn't like the other explorers because he didn't have to feel the guilt of colonizing and destroying the indigenous people's land. In this, Abel Tasman was recognized by the Tasmanian elites by celebrating his anniversary and monuments in his honor.
It also made Tasmania known to other countries about trading from antique fare, premium champagne to multicultural tourism intentions. This also leads to the arrival of first many Dutch migrants in Tasmania.
The Impact of Abel Tasman Discovering Tasmania (L.I.2)
I found it a bit challenging to link Abel Tasman to the Olympics. So I brainstormed to find ways I could connect the dots between Abel Tasman and the Olympics.
As a result to this, the only way I can link Abel Tasman to the Olympics is because Abel Tasman discovered Tasmania and it is part of Australia.
Abel Tasman and the Olympics
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The 5 Olympic Rings represent: Blue for Europe, Black for Africa, Red for America, Yellow for Asia and Green for Oceania (Australia).
Australia and the Olympics
Because of Abel's influence on most Tasmanian people about their love of the ocean. Some of the best Olympic water athletes come from Tasmania such as Meaghan Volker.
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Lock, A. (2011). On this day: Abel Tasman sights Tasmania. Australian Geographic. Retrieved from http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/on-this-day/2011/11/on-this-day-abel-tasman-sights-tasmania/
J. W. Forsyth, 'Tasman, Abel Janszoon (1603–1659)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/tasman-abel-janszoon-2716/text3823, published first in hardcopy 1967, accessed online 9 September 2016.