Mission Statement: To trace and document the European and other non-Aboriginal exploration of the North.
While acknowledging the indigenous exploration of the land the First Peoples occupied, one also acknowledges the fact that they left no documentary record capable of being woven into a conventional history.
Such matters are best dealt with in the On the Surface: The Human Landscape section of Origins, Indigenes and Antecedents.
Here, the focus is on the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish, English, French and Australian exploration of the area, with an intention to provide a detailed account of the process by which the detail of contemporary maps of the region was established.
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