My Father’s Islands : Abel Tasman’s Heroic Voyages


In 1640 Claesgen lives in Batavia with her stepmother, Jannetje waiting weeks and sometimes months for her father, Abel Tasman to come back from his sea voyages. When he returns Tasman delights his young daughter with tales of treacherous oceans and relentless wild weather, hazards of unseen coral reefs and endless days of empty ocean. Encounters, both friendly and hostile with indigenous peoples, murder and theft, and the threat of smugglers and pirates.

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