Story: Early mapping

Map of Nova Zeelandia

Map of Nova Zeelandia.

This is a copy of Frans Visscher’s chart of the discoveries made by Abel Tasman during his 1642–43 and 1644 voyages. The west coast of New Zealand is shown at the bottom. Unlike Tasman’s map, which showed Cook Strait as a bay, Visscher’s shows a gap, suggesting the presence of a passage.

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How to cite this page:

Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - Early mappers: 1642–1800', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007