Wonder when the ACTUAL history of Australia will be taught (well the US as well). http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/o...nt-trade-routes
We know that there are shipwrecks on Western Australia that are way older than Captain Cook's discovery, and that the prevalence of red hair in the natives of that area arose. We know that ancient coins have been found around Gympie in Queensland, near what could be stone ruins (which were harvested by the early settlers either for benign means (construction), or to support the terra nullus (not owned) status of the Continent. Stone carvings near Newcastle are decidedly "foreign", but under lock and key. In the US case, you had viking settlements predating discovery, and new world plants carved into the Rosslyn Chapel.
Researchers have discovered the oldest images of the Australasian cockatoo in a 13th century manuscript written by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. The drawings are 250 years older than the previously thought oldest depiction of the bird in an Italian painting, The Guardian reports. The birds depicted in the manuscript are thought to have been traded from Australia to Egypt and then brought to Europe. With this find, researchers speculate that trade routes during medieval times included Australia and the islands around it, suggesting that water trade routes near Australia were thriving in the 13th century.