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Jan Pieterszoon Coen

1587 - 1629

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Jan Pieterszoon Coen ([ˈjɑn ˈpitərzoːn ˈkun], 8 January 1587 – 21 September 1629) was an officer of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in the early 17th century, holding two terms as governor-general of the Dutch East Indies. He was the founder of Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies. Renowned for providing the impulse that set the VOC on the path to dominance in the Dutch East Indies, he was long considered a national hero in the Netherlands. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Pieterszoon Coen has received more than 293,977 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Jan Pieterszoon Coen is the 495th most popular military personnel (down from 476th in 2019), the 163rd most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 168th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Dutch Military Personnel.

Jan Pieterszoon Coen was a Dutch East India Company (VOC) official who was the governor-general of the Dutch East Indies from 1618 to 1623. He is most famous for his role in the massacre of Amboina in 1623.

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Among military personnels, Jan Pieterszoon Coen ranks 495 out of 1,468Before him are Hans Baur, Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Lazare Hoche, Pierre Cambronne, William Bligh, and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.. After him are Duško Popov, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, Tamon Yamaguchi, Harold Lowe, Husein Gradaščević, and Ion Mihai Pacepa.

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Among people born in 1587, Jan Pieterszoon Coen ranks 5Before him are Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy, Francesca Caccini, Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, and Joost van den Vondel. After him are Samuel Scheidt, Stefano Landi, Virginia Centurione Bracelli, Esaias van de Velde, Magdalene of Bavaria, Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, and Johannes Fabricius. Among people deceased in 1629, Jan Pieterszoon Coen ranks 4Before him are Abbas the Great, Carlo Maderno, and Gabriel Bethlen. After him are Hendrick ter Brugghen, Piet Pieterszoon Hein, Otto van Veen, Catherine de' Medici, Governor of Siena, Giorgi Saakadze, Pietro Bernini, Sigismondo d'India, and Caspar Bartholin the Elder.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Jan Pieterszoon Coen ranks 163 out of 1,427Before him are Piet Keizer (1943), Anton Geesink (1934), Eddie Van Halen (1955), John of Leiden (1509), Ary Scheffer (1795), and René van de Kerkhof (1951). After him are Tjalling Koopmans (1910), Willy van de Kerkhof (1951), Arjen Robben (1984), Willem van Aelst (1627), Aelbert Cuyp (1620), and Margaret of Bavaria (1363).


Among military personnels born in Netherlands, Jan Pieterszoon Coen ranks 2Before him are Michiel de Ruyter (1607). After him are Maarten Tromp (1598), Henri Winkelman (1876), Karel Doorman (1889), and Charles II, Duke of Guelders (1467).