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Portugueses na Austrália: As Primeiras Viagens (“The Portuguese in Australia: The first voyages”)


Editors: Carlota Simões; Francisco Contente Domingues
Language: Portuguese
ISBN: 978-989-26-0566-1
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Date: June 2013
Price: 12,00 €
Size: 230 mm x 160 mm
N.º Pages: 172


In 2007 the British journalist Peter Trickett published a book in Australia in which he attributed the discovery of Australia to the Portuguese Cristovão de Mendonça, during the first half of the 16th century. In the 1970s, there was a heated debate amongst historians about the possible discovery of Australia by the Portuguese, but the matter remained dormant for some decades until the book Beyond Capricorn was published in Portugal in 2008, describing how the Portuguese discovered and secretly mapped the coast of Australia and New Zealand 250 years before the arrival of Captain Cook. Trickett’s book has since been translated into Portuguese. This book gathers some of the contributions from the conference The Portuguese in Australia, which brought specialists from various areas together to discuss the subject under the auspices of the University of Coimbra Science Museum.