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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