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Houtman Abrolhos Islands Chart 1845

Houtman Abrolhos Islands Chart 1845

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A copy of the classic first comprehensive chart of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands made by Captains John Clements Wickham & John Lort Stokes while sailing on the Beagle (Charles Darwin's ship)

The word Abrolhos is Portuguese making the Houtman Abrolhos one of only two Australian places with a Portuguese name, the other being Pedra Branca in Tasmania] The noun abrolhos means 'thorn', and originally designated the spiny fruit of the bindii plant (Tribulus terrestris). Etymologically it is a contraction of the Portuguese expression abre os olhos ("open your eyes", i.e. to protect yourself). As a technical term this phytonym was later applied to caltrops (chevaux de frises), i.e. "spiked obstructions", and Portuguese sailors used the word to refer to offshore reefs.

Size 1000 x 700mm

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