Jorge de Menezes

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Jorge de Menezes (ca. 1498 - ?) was a Portuguese explorer who in 1526-27 landed on Waigeo Island (now part of Indonesia), taking shelter in the town of Wasai whilst he awaited the passing of the monsoon season. He named the region Ilhas dos Papuas and is thus credited with the European discovery of Papua.

He was the Portuguese Governor of Ternate which was first visited by the Portuguese in 1512.


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