Some history of the European discovery of New Zealand's Abel Tasman.
The man chosen to command the expedition, Abel Janszoon Tasman, was born in Holland. By 1642 he already had years of experience sailing in north-west Pacific and Asian waters in the service of the Dutch East India Company.
Tasman, Visscher & Isaac Gilsemans had been together in Japan when the Dutch were establishing a trading post there.
Working for a company which was more interested in increasing profits than knowledge, Tasman was the servant of a a businessman's empire.
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