This image of Abel Janszoon Tasman's ships the Zeehaen and the Heemskerck near the Three Kings Islands was engraved from drawings made during Tasman's 1642 voyage. The out-of-scale human figures in the background apparently gave rise to a belief amongst Europeans that Māori were giants.
Story: Tasman, Abel Janszoon
How to cite this page:
K. A. Simpson. 'Tasman, Abel Janszoon', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990, updated August, 2019. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t17/tasman-abel-janszoon (accessed 21 April 2021)