Schouten exploring New Guinea, 1616

Schouten exploring New Guinea, 1616

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Caption: Schouten exploring New Guinea. Artwork showing a group of islanders in New Guinea, with men in European dress landing on the shore. This depicts a scene in 1616 from the circumnavigation started by the Dutch explorer Willem Schouten (c.1567-1625). Schouten's planned to reach the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) by sailing west instead of east. He successfully reached Java, but his ship was confiscated by the authorities and Schouten and his men's circumnavigation was completed in 1617 on the ship of the Dutch naval officer Joris van Spilbergen. Artwork from a 1619 French edition of Schouten's account of his voyages.

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