How did Tasmania get its name?

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Tasmania was named after Dutch seafarer and explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman who, on 24 November 1642, discovered a previously unknown island on his voyage past the "Great South Land", or "New Holland", as the Dutch called Australia. He named it "Antony Van Diemen's Land" in honour of the High Magistrate, or Governor-General of Batavia. The island's name was changed to Tasmania in 1855, with the signing of letters patent by Queen Victoria, over sixty years after British colonists settled the Australian continent.

On 2 December 1642, several members of Tasman's crew became the first known Europeans to set foot on Van Diemen's Land. The men collected green plants, including sea parsley, or wild celery, to help ward off scurvy among the sailors.

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Why is Tasmania called Tasmania?

Tasmania has had two different names.Tasmania's original name was Van Diemen's Land and it was named after the Governor of Batavia, Antony Van Diemen.In the mid 1800s, it was renamed after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, the first European to discover and land on the island.

What is the longitude and latitude of Tasmania?

THE latitude and longitude of Tasmania is 147 E and 42 S

How wide is Tasmania?

At its widest point from east to west, Tasmania spans 315 km.

How old is Tasmania?

It depends on what you mean by "how old". Much of Tasmania is composed of dolerite which means the island began life as stewing magma agitating under the earth's crust until, some 145-199 million years ago, it spewed forth from the belly of the earth during the Jurassic period. Much later, about ten thousand years ago, Tasmania split off from the mainland of Australia, compelled by tectonic forces to begin a new life as an island. Anthropological evidence suggests man occupied Tasmania some 35,000 years ago, long before it drifted out to sea. In 1642, Abel Tasman, the European to discover the island, spotted Tasmania. British colonies occupied the island in the early 19th century.

Who founded Tasmania?

Tasmania could be said to have been founded by Lieutenant-Governor David Collins in 1804. He was directed by the British Government to establish a convict settlement on Australia's southern coast. This settlement did not succeed due to the lack of fresh water, suitable local timber and the fact that the treacherous entrance to Port Phillip Bay made the site unusable as a whaling base.Collins had heard that there was better land and timber in Van Diemen's Land, so he moved most of the settlement across Bass Strait, and established Hobart on the Derwent River early in 1804.

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What is the name of the country that Tasmania is in?

Tasmania is a state in Australia.

What is the name of the deserts found in Tasmania?

Tasmania has no deserts.

What is the name of the country and island of Tasmania?

Tasmania is a part of the country of Australia.

What did Abel Tasman give to Tasmania?

His name. Tasmania was called Van Diemen's Land from 1642-1855. Name was changed to Tasmania for Abel Tasman who discovered it in 1642.

What is the name of Tasmania's country?

Tasmania is part of the country of Australia. It is Australia's island state.

What is the name of the ferry that runs between Victoria and Tasmania and what Tasmanian city does it sail to?

The ferry that runs between Victoria and Tasmania is called the Spirit of Tasmania. It docks at Devonport in Tasmania.

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What country lies to the north of Tasmania?

Australia Mainland Australia is due north of Tasmania. Tasmania is an island state of Australia.

When was Tasmania's name changed to Tasmania?

"Van Diemen's Land" became Tasmania in 1855, over sixty years after British colonists settled the Australian continent.

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Which explorer gave his name Tasmania?

No explorer gave his name to Tasmania. Tasmania was first known as Van Diemen's Land from 1642, when Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered it. In 1856, Queen Victoria approved a petition to rename the island of Van Diemen's Land 'Tasmania' in honour of Tasman.

What is the name of the largest tree in Tasmania?

I believe it is The Sentinal.