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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 of the Dutch East India Company. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan van Riebeeck has received more than 803,941 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Jan van Riebeeck is the 36th most popular explorer (up from 37th in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 36th 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 36 out of 405Before him are John Cabot, Pytheas, Francisco de Orellana, Evliya Çelebi, Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, and Juan Ponce de León. After him are Robert Falcon Scott, Martin Behaim, Ernest Shackleton, Hanno the Navigator, Zhang Qian, and Ingólfr Arnarson.

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Among people born in 1619, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 4Before him are Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Charles Le Brun, and Cyrano de Bergerac. After him are Hyojong of Joseon, Barbara Strozzi, Francesco Morosini, Anne Geneviève de Bourbon, Willem Kalf, Philips Wouwerman, Anna Catherine Constance Vasa, and Jacob Stainer. Among people deceased in 1677, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 2Before him is Baruch Spinoza. After him are Angelus Silesius, Isaac Barrow, Barbara Strozzi, Wenceslaus Hollar, Frederick VI, Margrave of Baden-Durlach, Antonio Maria Abbatini, Aert van der Neer, William Louis, Duke of Württemberg, Robert Cambert, and James Harrington.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Jan van Riebeeck ranks 41 out of 1,427Before him are Rinus Michels (1928), Michiel de Ruyter (1607), William II of the Netherlands (1792), Guus Hiddink (1946), Louis van Gaal (1951), and Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1870). After him are Marco van Basten (1964), Thomas Bernhard (1931), André Rieu (1949), Max Euwe (1901), Willebrord Snellius (1580), and Johan de Witt (1625).

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), Olivier van Noort (1558), Jacob van Heemskerck (1567), and Alexandrine Tinné (1835).