Kōrero: European discovery of New Zealand

Map of Nova Zelandia

Map of Nova Zelandia

It seems likely, but not certain, that within a decade of Tasman’s discoveries, this outline of Nova Zelandia was etched in marble on the floor of Amsterdam’s Great Civic Hall in their new Stadhuis or town hall, built in 1648. The marble floor which can be seen today in the now Royal Palace in Amsterdam replaced the worn original in the 1750s. Since other of Tasman’s discoveries were definitely represented in the original floor, it is probable that Nova Zelandia was also part of the world map. There were two planispheres on the floor, one for the eastern hemisphere and one for the western. Their diameter was over six metres.

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Photograph by Dirk R. Rinckes

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Tasman’s achievement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4456/map-of-nova-zelandia (accessed 26 January 2022)

He kōrero nā John Wilson, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016