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Van Diemen's Land

Van Diemen's Land is the name originally used by the British for Tasmania, an island state of Australia. It was named Anthoonij van Diemenslandt in honor of Anthony van Diemen, Governor-General of India for the Dutch East India Company, who sent Abel Tasman out on his voyage of discovery in 1642. It was changed in 1856 to honour Tasman himself, the first European to discover the island, and possibly also to remove the association with the severe penal colony that the original name evoked.

"Van Diemen's Land" is the title of the second track from the rock band U2's album Rattle and Hum. The song was composed by The Edge / U2.

Van Diemen's Land is also referenced in Emily Dickinson's poem, "If you were coming in the fall"

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