Jan van Riebeeck

1619 - 1677

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Johan Anthoniszoon "Jan" van Riebeeck (21 April 1619 – 18 January 1677) was a Dutch navigator, ambassador and colonial administrator of the Dutch East India Company. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan van Riebeeck has received more than 991,602 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Jan van Riebeeck is the 30th most popular explorer (up from 36th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 41st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Dutch Explorer.

Jan van Riebeeck was a Dutch colonist who founded the first European settlement in South Africa.

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Among explorers, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 30 out of 498Before him are Vitus Bering, Leif Erikson, Willem Barentsz, Thor Heyerdahl, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, and Martin Behaim. After him are Pytheas, John Cabot, Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, Evliya Çelebi, Henry Morton Stanley, and Ingólfr Arnarson.

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Among people born in 1619, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 3Before him are Cyrano de Bergerac, and Jean-Baptiste Colbert. After him are Charles Le Brun, Hyojong of Joseon, Barbara Strozzi, Francesco Morosini, Philips Wouwerman, Willem Kalf, Anne Geneviève de Bourbon, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, and Anna Catherine Constance Vasa. Among people deceased in 1677, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 2Before him is Baruch Spinoza. After him are Isaac Barrow, Angelus Silesius, Barbara Strozzi, Wenceslaus Hollar, Antonio Maria Abbatini, Frederick VI, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, William Louis, Duke of Württemberg, Aert van der Neer, William, Margrave of Baden-Baden, and James Harrington.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 40 out of 1,646Before him are William II of the Netherlands (1792), Guus Hiddink (1946), André Rieu (1949), Rinus Michels (1928), Gerrit Dou (1613), and Johan Huizinga (1872). After him are Jan Steen (1626), Ruud Gullit (1962), Theo van Gogh (1857), Frank Rijkaard (1962), Paul Verhoeven (1938), and Thomas Bernhard (1931).

Among EXPLORERS In Netherlands

Among explorers born in Netherlands, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 3Before him are Abel Tasman (1603), and Willem Barentsz (1550). After him are 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).