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Around the Globe — Australia

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

“Okay, everyone! All strapped up and ready to go? Today we’re heading for the world’s biggest island, actually a continent all of its own — Australia!”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Here’s a bit of Aussie history for you while we’re on our way. Australia gets its name from the Latin “australis” (southern). Legends about “Terra Australis Incognita” — an “unknown land of the South” — go back as far as Roman times. But people lived in Australia for thousands of years before the Romans. These are the Aborigines, peaceful hunter-gatherers with a sophisticated culture and religion. But then everything changed. Europeans discovered Australia in 1606, but it wasn’t until England lost the American colonies in 1770 that it found a use for the huge “empty” island far away in the southern hemisphere — as a penal colony (like a large, outdoor jail). 


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