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A new perspective on the intriguing story of the discovery of Torres Strait in 1606 and the search for the Great South Land.In October 1606, the great Spanish navigator Luis B ez de Torres took two vessels through the waters that divide the land masses of New Guinea and Australia. In a journey of great adventure, courage and hardship, he was the first European to sail through today's Torres Strait and very possibly the first European to sight the east coast of Australia.Terra Australis Incognita focuses new light on the Spanish voyages of discovery that sailed from South America into the unknown south western Pacific in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Crossing the planet's largest ocean in small wooden ships with rudimentary navigation, these Spanish conquistadors were in search of the legendary Great South Land first imagined by the ancient Greeks.This is a story of passionate beliefs, of high hopes and catastrophic failures, of attempted colonies that ended in death and disaster, of violent confrontations and tentative friendship with indigenous people, of a fierce clash of cultures, and relentless ambition in search of the gold of King Solomon's Ophir. It is also the story of the visionary adventurer Quir s who planned a New Jerusalem in today's Vanuatu, the ruthless woman governor Dona Isabel, the Solomon Islander chief Bilebanarra who was a friend of the Spaniards and, of course, the great leader of men Luis B ez de Torres.Terra Australis Incognita is a thoroughly researched, lucidly written and unique narrative on the little known history of the great Spanish explorations of the Pacific Ocean.

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									Terra Australis Incognita
Author: Miriam Estensen
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A new perspective on the intriguing story of the discovery of Torres Strait in 1606 and the search for the
Great South Land.In October 1606, the great Spanish navigator Luis B ez de Torres took two vessels
through the waters that divide the land masses of New Guinea and Australia. In a journey of great
adventure, courage and hardship, he was the first European to sail through today's Torres Strait and very
possibly the first European to sight the east coast of Australia.Terra Australis Incognita focuses new light
on the Spanish voyages of discovery that sailed from South America into the unknown south western
Pacific in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Crossing the planet's largest ocean in small wooden
ships with rudimentary navigation, these Spanish conquistadors were in search of the legendary Great
South Land first imagined by the ancient Greeks.This is a story of passionate beliefs, of high hopes and
catastrophic failures, of attempted colonies that ended in death and disaster, of violent confrontations and
tentative friendship with indigenous people, of a fierce clash of cultures, and relentless ambition in search
of the gold of King Solomon's Ophir. It is also the story of the visionary adventurer Quir s who planned a
New Jerusalem in today's Vanuatu, the ruthless woman governor Dona Isabel, the Solomon Islander chief
Bilebanarra who was a friend of the Spaniards and, of course, the great leader of men Luis B ez de
Torres.Terra Australis Incognita is a thoroughly researched, lucidly written and unique narrative on the
little known history of the great Spanish explorations of the Pacific Ocean.
Author Bio
Miriam Estensen
Miriam Estensen has a sea-faring heritage, the legacy of forebears in Sweden and Spain's Basque
country. She is author of Discovery: the quest for the Great South Land, The Life of Matthew Flinders and
most recently The Life of George Bass: surgeon and sailor of the Enlightenment all published to critical
acclaim. She lives with her husband, a retired sea captain, on Australia's Gold Coast.

								
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