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Willem Barentsz

1550 - 1597

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Willem Barentsz (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪləm ˈbaːrənts]; 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 295,130 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Willem Barentsz is the 27th most popular explorer (down from 26th in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 21st in 2019) 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 27 out of 405Before him are Pedro Álvares Cabral, Jacques Cartier, Leif Erikson, Vitus Bering, Juan Sebastián Elcano, and Thor Heyerdahl. After him are Henry Morton Stanley, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, John Cabot, Pytheas, Francisco de Orellana, and Evliya Çelebi.

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Among people born in 1550, Willem Barentsz ranks 4Before him are Safiye Sultan, Charles IX of France, and John Napier. After him are Charles IX of Sweden, Henry I, Duke of Guise, Camillus de Lellis, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Jang-geum, John Davis, Karin Månsdotter, and Stanislaus Kostka. Among people deceased in 1597, Willem Barentsz ranks 1After him are Hattori Hanzō, Peter Canisius, Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain, Paulo Miki, Maharana Pratap, Joseph of Anchieta, Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Barbara Blomberg, Franciscus Patricius, Edward Kelley, and Gunilla Bielke.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Willem Barentsz ranks 23 out of 1,427Before him are Hendrik Lorentz (1853), M. C. Escher (1898), William III of England (1650), Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff (1852), Pieter Zeeman (1865), and Pope Adrian VI (1459). After him are Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837), Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1880), Juliana of the Netherlands (1909), Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853), Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (1165), and William I of the Netherlands (1772).

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), Olivier van Noort (1558), Jacob van Heemskerck (1567), and Alexandrine Tinné (1835).