Jan Huyghen van Linschoten

1563 - 1611

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Jan Huygen van Linschoten (1563 – 8 February 1611) was a Dutch spy, merchant, traveller and writer. He travelled extensively along the East Indies regions under Portuguese influence and served as the archbishop's secretary in Goa between 1583 and 1588. He is credited with publishing in Europe important classified information about Asian trade and navigation that was hidden by the Portuguese. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Huyghen van Linschoten has received more than 131,420 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Jan Huyghen van Linschoten is the 146th most popular historian (up from 158th in 2019), the 316th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 334th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Dutch Historian.

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Among historians, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten ranks 146 out of 561Before him are Doukas, Philostorgius, Augustin Thierry, Mirkhvand, Vladimir Minorsky, and Pierre Nora. After him are Max Dvořák, Faustus of Byzantium, Ian Kershaw, Barbara W. Tuchman, Norman Davies, and Gottfried Achenwall.

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Among people born in 1563, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten ranks 11Before him are Mavro Orbini, Henry II, Duke of Lorraine, Guru Arjan, Andrew Báthory, Jodocus Hondius, and Hosokawa Gracia. After him are Elisabeth of Anhalt-Zerbst, Hosokawa Tadaoki, Katō Yoshiaki, Franciscus Gomarus, Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, and Enno III, Count of East Frisia. Among people deceased in 1611, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten ranks 12Before him are Eleanor de' Medici, Katō Kiyomasa, Charles, Duke of Mayenne, Sanada Masayuki, Christian II, Elector of Saxony, and Kuyucu Murad Pasha. After him are Antonio Possevino, Nicolas Henri, Duke of Orléans, Princess Sophia of Sweden, Simon I of Kartli, Jan Piotr Sapieha, and Ernest II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten ranks 316 out of 1,646Before him are Phillip Cocu (1970), Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (1788), Ludger (742), Marinus van Reymerswaele (1490), Peter van de Kamp (1901), and Willy van der Kuijlen (1946). After him are Frans de Waal (1948), Jacobus Oud (1890), Adriaen van de Velde (1636), Aert de Gelder (1645), Frans Timmermans (1961), and Aad de Mos (1947).

Among HISTORIANS In Netherlands

Among historians born in Netherlands, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten ranks 3Before him are Johan Huizinga (1872), and Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798). After him are Reinhart Dozy (1820), Johannes Meursius (1579), and Martin van Creveld (1946).