- (1593–1645)Merchant and government official. As a merchant from Amsterdam, van Diemen established himself in the recently conquered Dutch East Indies (at Batavia on Java). Thanks to the protection of Governor-General Jan Pietersz Coen, he was appointed to several high government posts. From 1636 until his death in 1645 (in Batavia), he himself served as governor-general. During Van Diemen’s administration, Abel Jansz Tasman, while exploring the “South Land,” discovered the island southeast of Australia that was initially called Van Diemen’s Land but was later known as Tasmania.
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