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The Aboriginal people were the first inhabitants of the Australian continent. Most anthropologists currently believe they migrated to the continent at least 50,000 years ago and occupied most of the continent by 30,000 years ago. Subsequently, rising sea levels separated Tasmania and other immediate offshore islands from the rest of the continent. Although Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Arab seafarers may have landed in northern Australia well before ad 1500, Australia was essentially unknown in the West until the 17th century. For the history of the indigenous people of Australia prior to European settlement.

Reviewed By: Davison, Graeme John, B.A., M.A. Ph.D.

Professor of History, Monash University. Coeditor of "The Oxford Companion to Australian History (1998)" and author of "The Use and Abuse of Australian History (2000)", "The Unforgiving Minute: How Australia Learned To Tell the Time (1993)" and "The Rise and Fall of Marvelous Melbourne (1978)".

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