Jan van Riebeeck

1619 - 1677

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

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan van Riebeeck has received more than 693,495 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Jan van Riebeeck is the 37th most popular explorer (down from 34th in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 35th 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 37 out of 405Before him are Vasco Núñez de Balboa, Henry Morton Stanley, John Cabot, Francisco de Orellana, Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, and Pytheas. After him are Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Ingólfr Arnarson, Martin Behaim, Antonio Pigafetta, Giovanni da Verrazzano, and Jacob Roggeveen.

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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, Anne Geneviève de Bourbon, Willem Kalf, Philips Wouwerman, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, and Jacob Stainer. 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, Robert Cambert, Aert van der Neer, Antonio Maria Abbatini, Frederick VI, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, James Harrington, and William Louis, Duke of Württemberg.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 36 out of 1,209Before him are William I of the Netherlands (1772), Johan Huizinga (1872), Rutger Hauer (1944), Michiel de Ruyter (1607), André Rieu (1949), and Jan Steen (1626). After him are Theo van Gogh (1857), Willebrord Snellius (1580), William II of the Netherlands (1792), Ronald Koeman (1963), Peter Debye (1884), and Theo van Doesburg (1883).

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 Jacob Roggeveen (1659), Willem Janszoon (1570), Willem Schouten (1567), Frederick de Houtman (1571), Anthony van Diemen (1593), Cornelis de Houtman (1565), Alexandrine Tinné (1835), Jacob van Heemskerck (1567), and Willem de Vlamingh (1640).