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Michiel de Ruyter

1607 - 1676

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Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (IPA: [miˈxil ˈaːdrijaːnˌsoːn də ˈrœytər]; 24 March 1607 – 29 April 1676) was a Dutch admiral. His achievements with the Dutch Navy during the Anglo-Dutch Wars earned him the reputation as one of the most skilled naval commanders in history. De Ruyter came from a modest background in Zeeland and began seafaring from an early age, and by the age of 30 he had become a shipmaster in the Dutch merchant fleet. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michiel de Ruyter has received more than 1,064,051 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. Michiel de Ruyter is the 125th most popular military personnel (down from 115th in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 33rd in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Military Personnel.

Michiel de Ruyter was a Dutch admiral who led the Dutch fleet during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. He is most famous for his victory over the English at the Battle of Solebay in 1672.

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Among military personnels, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 125 out of 1,468Before him are George S. Patton, Michael Wittmann, Bohemond I of Antioch, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Walther von Brauchitsch, and Zhao Yun. After him are Werner von Blomberg, Perdiccas, Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse, Antipater, André Masséna, and Axel von Fersen the Younger.

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Among people born in 1607, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 1After him are John Harvard, Madeleine de Scudéry, Jan Lievens, Anna Maria van Schurman, Zhu Yousong, Infante Carlos of Spain, Antoine Gombaud, Wenceslaus Hollar, Paul Gerhardt, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, and Nicolas Henri, Duke of Orléans. Among people deceased in 1676, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 4Before him are Pope Clement X, Alexis of Russia, and Sabbatai Zevi. After him are Francesco Cavalli, Köprülüzade Fazıl Ahmed Pasha, Madame de Brinvilliers, Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, Carl Gustaf Wrangel, and Margravine Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 36 out of 1,427Before him are Rutger Hauer (1944), Peter Debye (1884), Johan Huizinga (1872), Paul Verhoeven (1938), Jan Steen (1626), and Rinus Michels (1928). After him are William II of the Netherlands (1792), Guus Hiddink (1946), Louis van Gaal (1951), Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1870), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), and Marco van Basten (1964).


Among military personnels born in Netherlands, Michiel de Ruyter ranks 1After him are Jan Pieterszoon Coen (1587), Maarten Tromp (1598), Henri Winkelman (1876), Karel Doorman (1889), and Charles II, Duke of Guelders (1467).