Piet Retief

1780 - 1838

Piet Retief

Pieter Mauritz Retief (12 November 1780 – 6 February 1838) was a Voortrekker leader. Settling in 1814 in the frontier region of the Cape Colony, he assumed command of punitive expeditions in response to raiding parties from the adjacent Xhosa territory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Piet Retief has received more than 183,153 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 285th most popular explorer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 180k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 48.66

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 16

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.97

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.47

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Piet Retiefs by language


Among explorers, Piet Retief ranks 287 out of 367Before him are Rodrigo de Bastidas, Álvaro de Saavedra Cerón, Meriwether Lewis, Sverre Hassel, Willem de Vlamingh, and Philip Carteret. After him are Chris McCandless, Clements Markham, Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, Juan de Fuca, Friedrich Gerhard Rohlfs, and Bento de Góis.

Most Popular Explorers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1780, Piet Retief ranks 35Before him are Göran Wahlenberg, Richard Mentor Johnson, Angelica Catalani, José Joaquín de Olmedo, Karoline von Günderrode, and Alexey Venetsianov. After him are Yakov Sannikov, Fulgencio Yegros, Johann Friedrich Naumann, Elizabeth Fry, Johann Friedrich Adam, and John Forsyth. Among people deceased in 1838, Piet Retief ranks 22Before him are René Caillié, José Bonifácio de Andrada, Joseph Lancaster, Black Hawk, William Clark, and Ferenc Kölcsey. After him are Jędrzej Śniadecki and Osceola.

Others Born in 1780

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1838

Go to all Rankings

In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Piet Retief ranks 68 out of 220Before him are Claude Chevalley (1909), Laurens van der Post (1906), Jamie Uys (1921), Trevor Jones (1949), Koos de la Rey (1847), and Nico Diederichs (1903). After him are Breyten Breytenbach (1939), Gary Player (1935), Bevil Rudd (1894), Wilfrid Napier (1941), Abdullah Ibrahim (1934), and Oscar Pistorius (1986).

Among EXPLORERS In South Africa

Among explorers born in South Africa, Piet Retief ranks 1