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What Happened on December 13, 1642

Historical Events


DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sights the South Island of present day New Zealand; initially he calls it Staten Landt and changes it a year later to Nieuw Zeeland

Explorer and Seafarer Abel Tasman
Explorer and Seafarer
Abel Tasman

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About December 13, 1642

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 378 years, 1 month and 2 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Sagittarius