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a Dutch seafarer, explorer, and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644 in the service of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). He was the first known European explorer to reach the islands of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) and New Zealand, and to sight the Fiji islands.
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12/27/1631-Abel Tasman becomes engaged to marry 21-year-old Jannetje Tjaers, of Palmstraat
08/14/1642-Abel Tasman's ships Heemskerck and Zeehaen depart out of Batavia
11/24/1642-Abel Tasman discovers Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania)
12/13/1642-New Zealand discovered by Dutch navigator Abel Tasman
06/15/1643-Abel Tasman returns to Batavia after discovering Tasmania
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Abel Tasman16031633
 
16591659, Oct 10

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