Kangaroo in 400-year-old
manuscript could change Australian history
A 16th century manuscript featuring an image that looks like a kangaroo
could prove that Portuguese
explorers discovered Australia before the first recorded European
landing in 1606.
The manuscript, which is thought to date from between 1580 and 1620,
appears to show a small
kangaroo within the letters of its text. If the image actually is a
kangaroo, the drawing suggests that
Portuguese explorers may have discovered Australia before the first
recorded European landing on the
continent by a Dutch navigator in 1606.
The document was recently valued at $15,000.
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