geography

Map Nerds: Jodocus Hondius and Me

What is it about maps? I know I’m not the only one who can spend hours poring over them – places I’ve been, places I haven’t, places I’ve never heard of, it doesn’t matter. Give me a map and I’m as happy as a toddler with a saucepan and a wooden spoon. We have an […]

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Robert Falcon Scott’s South Pole expedition

One hundred years ago, on 17 January 1912, the Terra Nova Expedition, officially known as the British Antarctic Expedition 1910, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole. Unfortunately, the crew made it only to discover they were beaten by their Norwegian rival, Roald Amundsen, by 34 days and to meet their desolate […]

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Did Columbus really see mermaids?

On 9 January 1493, Christopher Columbus observed something he had before seen on the coasts of Africa… Mermaids.  In his journal he described the encounter with three mermaids that elevated themselves above the suface of the sea. Most likely mistaking manatees, aquatic mammals also known as sea cows, for mermaids, “Columbus, disposed to give a […]

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Voyage to the Great Unknown Southern Continent

Today we are honouring one of the bravest explorers and sailors in history: Abel Tasman, the Dutch man who was the captain of the first reported European expedition to reach the  island of Tasmania, 40 kilometres south of the Australian continent, on 24 November 1642. During the same voyage he was also the first European to sight […]

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Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas

On 12 October 1492, the famous explorer Christopher Columbus reached the archipelago of the Bahamas. In his letter to the treasurer of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus wrote: “Thirty-three days after my departure from Cadiz I reached the Indian sea, where I discovered many islands, thickly peopled, of which I took possession […]

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