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"Australia was discovered by James Cook"

Apart from the indigenous people - who were the first discoverers of Australia, to immigrate there - then, indeed, Portuguese and Spanish navigators discovered Australia in the sixteenth century. The first of which is known with certainty that reached on the fifth dry continent, was the Dutchman Willem Jansz (1570 - 1630), in 1606. In subsequent decades other Dutch have arrived in Australia but colonization began with the James Cook (1728 - 1779) who in 1770 has taken under domination the country on behalf of the British crown.
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