Van Diemen's Land or Tasmania, as it was renamed later on, was visited by many well known explorers after its discovery by the Dutchman Abel Janszoon Tasman on Heemskerk with Zeehaan in November 1642. Since almost all of them named coastal features, Tasmania has become their lasting monument. The extracts from the diaries characterize the nations involved. Thus the Dutch frequently invoked God, the French took a deep interest in the natives and food, and even brought a violin ashore, the English planted vegetables and released domestic animals.

These explorers, unaware of priorities, renamed repeatedly features along the South and East Coasts of Tasmania and caused thereby great confusion. This fact has been well documented in the Introduction of Flinders' work dealing with the explorations prior to his Investigator expedition. It is thus quite likely that some of the quotes given on these pages actually refer to other, nearby features.

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