Jean-Baptiste Tavernier

1605 - 1689

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Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605–1689) was a 17th-century French gem merchant and traveler. Tavernier, a private individual and merchant traveling at his own expense, covered, by his own account, 60,000 leagues in making six voyages to Persia and India between the years 1630 and 1668. In 1675, Tavernier, at the behest of his patron Louis XIV, published Les Six Voyages de Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (Six Voyages, 1676).Tavernier was born in Paris of a French or Flemish Huguenot family that had emigrated to Antwerp, to escape persecution, and which subsequently returned to Paris after the publication of the Edict of Nantes, which promised protection for French Protestants. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier has received more than 235,948 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Jean-Baptiste Tavernier is the 224th most popular explorer (down from 200th in 2019), the 2,595th most popular biography from France (down from 2,292nd in 2019) and the 22nd most popular French Explorer.

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Among explorers, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier ranks 224 out of 405Before him are Nuno Tristão, James Bruce, Luís Vaz de Torres, Lady Hester Stanhope, Francis Garnier, and Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. After him are Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, Ivan Papanin, Pedro Cieza de León, Helge Ingstad, Wilhelm Filchner, and Yerofey Khabarov.

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Among people born in 1605, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier ranks 12Before him are Patriarch Nikon of Moscow, Semyon Dezhnev, Thomas Browne, Marie de Bourbon, Duchess of Montpensier, George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Simon Dach. After him are Antonio Bertali, Brynjólfur Sveinsson, and Ismaël Bullialdus. Among people deceased in 1689, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier ranks 15Before him are Adolph John I, Count Palatine of Kleeburg, Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma, Kazimierz Łyszczyński, Pjetër Bogdani, Khushal Khattak, and Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg. After him is Song Si-yeol.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier ranks 2,595 out of 5,234Before him are Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark (1908), Kylian Mbappé (1998), Pierre Clémenti (1942), Prince Ludwig August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1845), Marcel Griaule (1898), and Blanche of France, Duchess of Orléans (1328). After him are Marie Thérèse de Bourbon (1666), Roger Walkowiak (1927), André Messager (1853), Robert Herbin (1939), Henri Pélissier (1889), and Michel Bouquet (1925).

Among EXPLORERS In France

Among explorers born in France, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier ranks 22Before him are Jean-Baptiste Charcot (1867), Henri Mouhot (1826), Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen-Trémarec (1734), René Caillié (1799), Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux (1737), and Francis Garnier (1839). After him are Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne (1724), Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658), Pierre Poivre (1719), Freya Stark (1893), Nicolas Baudin (1754), and Jean Louis Marie Poiret (1755).