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Semyon Dezhnev

1605 - 1673

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Semyon Ivanovich Dezhnyov (Russian: Семён Ива́нович Дежнёв, IPA: [sʲɪˈmʲɵn ɨˈvanəvʲɪdʑ dʲɪʐˈnʲɵf]; sometimes spelled Dezhnyov; c. 1605 – 1673) was a Russian explorer of Siberia and the first European to sail through the Bering Strait, 80 years before Vitus Bering did. In 1648 he sailed from the Kolyma River on the Arctic Ocean to the Anadyr River on the Pacific. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Semyon Dezhnev has received more than 111,358 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Semyon Dezhnev is the 112th most popular explorer (down from 106th in 2019), the 450th most popular biography from Russia (down from 383rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Russian Explorer.

Semyon Dezhnev is most famous for being the first European to sail from the White Sea to the Bering Strait, sailing from the White Sea to the Bering Strait in 1648.

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Among explorers, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 112 out of 405Before him are Martín Alonso Pinzón, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, João Gonçalves Zarco, Juan de la Cosa, Tristão da Cunha, and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós. After him are Pedro de Mendoza, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Thomas Cavendish, George Vancouver, Andrés de Urdaneta, and Afanasy Nikitin.

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Among people born in 1605, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 11Before him are Şehzade Mehmed, Patriarch Nikon of Moscow, Giacomo Carissimi, Adriaen Brouwer, Ayşe Sultan, and Marie de Bourbon, Duchess of Montpensier. After him are George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, Thomas Browne, Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, Simon Dach, Zhu Yuyue, and Antonio Bertali. Among people deceased in 1673, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 6Before him are Molière, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, Margaret Theresa of Spain, Salvator Rosa, and Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki. After him are Regnier de Graaf, Joan Blaeu, Eugene Maurice, Count of Soissons, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Barent Fabritius.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 450 out of 3,262Before him are Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia (1798), Lev Gumilyov (1912), Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817), Valentin Pavlov (1937), Fyodor Ushakov (1745), and Sergei Taneyev (1856). After him are Nikolay Semyonov (1896), Mikhail Vrubel (1856), Andrei Platonov (1899), Simeon Bekbulatovich (1600), Chung Il-kwon (1917), and Vasily Surikov (1848).

Among EXPLORERS In Russia

Among explorers born in Russia, Semyon Dezhnev ranks 3Before him are Nikolay Przhevalsky (1839) and Ferdinand von Wrangel (1797). After him are Afanasy Nikitin (1500), Mikhail Lazarev (1788), Vladimir Arsenyev (1872), Vasily Tatishchev (1686), Nikolai Rezanov (1764), Alexander Andreyevich Baranov (1746), Vladimir Atlasov (1661), Yerofey Khabarov (1603), and Aleksei Chirikov (1703).