Willem Barentsz

1550 - 1597

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Willem Barentsz (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈWillem Barents]; c. 1550 – 20 June 1597), anglicized as William Barents or Barentz, was a Dutch navigator, cartographer, and Arctic explorer. Barentsz went on three expeditions to the far north in search for a Northeast passage. He reached as far as Novaya Zemlya and the Kara Sea in his first two voyages, but was turned back on both occasions by ice. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willem Barentsz has received more than 236,266 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Willem Barentsz is the 26th most popular explorer (down from 25th in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from Netherlands and the 2nd most popular Dutch Explorer.

Willem Barentsz is most famous for his explorations of the Arctic and for his discovery of the Barents Sea.

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Among explorers, Willem Barentsz ranks 26 out of 405Before him are Xuanzang, Leif Erikson, Thor Heyerdahl, Abel Tasman, Vitus Bering, and Pedro Álvares Cabral. After him are Juan Sebastián Elcano, Jeanne Baret, Juan Ponce de León, Evliya Çelebi, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, and Henry Morton Stanley.

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Among people born in 1550, Willem Barentsz ranks 3Before him are Charles IX of France and John Napier. After him are Safiye Sultan, Charles IX of Sweden, Camillus de Lellis, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Jang-geum, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, John Davis, Stanislaus Kostka, and Karin Månsdotter. Among people deceased in 1597, Willem Barentsz ranks 1After him are Hattori Hanzō, Paulo Miki, Peter Canisius, Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain, Joseph of Anchieta, Maharana Pratap, Edward Kelley, Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Franciscus Patricius, Barbara Blomberg, and Ashikaga Yoshiaki.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Willem Barentsz ranks 21 out of 1,209Before him are Beatrix of the Netherlands (1938), Daniel Bernoulli (1700), Hendrik Lorentz (1853), Abel Tasman (1603), M. C. Escher (1898), and William III of England (1650). After him are Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (1852), Pieter Zeeman (1865), Juliana of the Netherlands (1909), Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), and Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880).

Among EXPLORERS In Netherlands

Among explorers born in Netherlands, Willem Barentsz ranks 2Before him are Abel Tasman (1603). After him are Jan van Riebeeck (1619), Jacob Roggeveen (1659), Willem Janszoon (1570), Willem Schouten (1567), Frederick de Houtman (1571), Anthony van Diemen (1593), Cornelis de Houtman (1565), Alexandrine Tinné (1835), Jacob van Heemskerck (1567), and Willem de Vlamingh (1640).