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Dutch discovered Australia first

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The Dutch discovered Australia 100 years before the British but ignored it because they thought it was a useless desert.

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In 1606, the Dutch vessel Duyfken, captained by Willem Jansz, explored perhaps 200 miles of western side of Cape York, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. They made one landing, but were promptly attacked by Aboriginals and hence did not attempt to explore further.

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