Abel Tasman

1603 - 1659

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Abel Janszoon Tasman (Dutch: [ˈaːbəl ˈjɑnsoːn ˈtɑsmɑn]; 1603 – 10 October 1659) was a Dutch seafarer and explorer, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644 in the service of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Born in 1603 in Lutjegast, Netherlands, Tasman started his career as a merchant seaman and became a skilled navigator. In 1633, he joined the VOC and sailed to Batavia, now Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abel Tasman has received more than 1,642,822 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia. Abel Tasman is the 15th most popular explorer (down from 14th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 14th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Explorer.

Abel Tasman was a Dutch explorer who was the first European to explore New Zealand. He was born in 1603 and died in 1659.

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Among explorers, Abel Tasman ranks 15 out of 498Before him are Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, Francis Drake, Francisco Pizarro, and Prince Henry the Navigator. After him are Pedro Álvares Cabral, Xuanzang, Fridtjof Nansen, Juan Sebastián Elcano, Jacques Cartier, and David Livingstone.

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Among people born in 1603, Abel Tasman ranks 1After him are Joseph of Cupertino, Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, Lennart Torstensson, Adam Olearius, Aert van der Neer, Christian, Prince-Elect of Denmark, Yerofey Khabarov, Francesco Furini, Friedrich Wilhelm II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, Michel Le Tellier, and Marco Uccellini. Among people deceased in 1659, Abel Tasman ranks 1After him are Hyojong of Joseon, Kaya Sultan, Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia, Simon Dach, Michał Boym, Dara Shukoh, Willem Drost, Anne Eleonore of Hesse-Darmstadt, Frederick V, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, and Jan Baptist Weenix.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Abel Tasman ranks 13 out of 1,646Before him are Johan Cruyff (1947), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Christiaan Huygens (1629), and Hugo Grotius (1583). After him are Mata Hari (1876), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Pope Adrian VI (1459), and Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880).

Among EXPLORERS In Netherlands

Among explorers born in Netherlands, Abel Tasman ranks 1After him are Willem Barentsz (1550), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Frederick de Houtman (1571), Jacob Roggeveen (1659), Willem Schouten (1567), Willem Janszoon (1570), Cornelis de Houtman (1565), Alexandrine Tinné (1835), Anthony van Diemen (1593), Jacob van Heemskerck (1567), and Olivier van Noort (1558).