6) Terra australis was the great unknown land thought to exist in the South which many countries lusted over to discover. During Cook's first voyage, he was supposed to find the Southern Continent but failed. His second expedition (1772-75) departed in order to once again find the Terra Australis. Cook went as far as 71 degrees south to search for the land only to find it was doomed to nature (completely uninhabitable).
Antarctica should have been called Australia "Australia" comes from "Terra Australis" which means "Southern land". This name was mistakenly given to Australia by explorers who thought there could be no landmass further South.
that tableland, high delicate outline. dark against the stars full of old stories . " South Of My Day's Circle . To the Aboriginal people , inhabitants for years, Terra Australis was Land Of The Dreamtime