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Why was Australia called Australia?

Kira Dobrovolskaya
Kira Dobrovolskaya
March 6, 2013
Why was Australia called Australia?

Australia is one of the five continents on our planet. The existence of the fifth continent in the south of the Earth was legendary in antiquity in the Roman Empire. People who were convinced that this continent exists, even gave it a name, before they had time to discover new lands. Australia's first name was Terra Australis Incognita. Translated from the Latin language, this means: The Unknown (or Mysterious) South Earth. And yet the first to discover it was Willem Janszon in the seventeenth century. But the name she then still wore New Holland.

In the 18th-19th centuries, the British began to actively search for the Mysterious Southern Land. Several travelers, namely Matthew Flinders and James Cook, swam several times around the ocean in the southern part of the Earth and still could find these lands. They contributed to the fact that our maps now contain the fifth continent - Australia. But why was Australia called Australia?

The first went around the entire continent of the ship, Matthew Flinders. According to him, he could not come to terms with the idea that this continent is called the Unknown (or Mysterious) Southern Earth (Terra Australis). And then he proposed his name, which we still use today - Australia. But to scientists and geographers, this option seemed the most successful and convenient for pronunciation. In 1824, the British government legally approved the name of the mainland.


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