Story: West Coast region

Cape Foulwind, 1642

Cape Foulwind, 1642

New Zealand was first seen by European eyes when Abel Tasman viewed the West Coast on 13 December 1642. One of his associates, Isaac Gilsemans, sketched the land near Cape Foulwind. A translation of his note reads: ‘Thus appears the main land to south of the Rocky Point [Cape Foulwind] when you sail along the coast and views of the Rocky Point which appear thus as you can see below’. The prominent islands called The Steeples can be seen at upper left.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0086-019
Photolithograph after a drawing by Isaac Gilsemans

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - European arrival and settlement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016