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Willem Janszoon

1570 - 1631

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Willem Janszoon (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪləm ˈjɑnsoːn]; c. 1570 – c. 1630), sometimes abbreviated to Willem Jansz., was a Dutch navigator and colonial governor. Janszoon served in the Dutch East Indies in the periods 1603–1611 and 1612–1616, including as governor of Fort Henricus on the island of Solor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Willem Janszoon has received more than 453,849 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Willem Janszoon is the 73rd most popular explorer (up from 78th in 2019), the 111th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 117th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Dutch Explorer.

Willem Janszoon is most famous for being the first European to land in Australia.

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Among explorers, Willem Janszoon ranks 73 out of 405Before him are Hernando de Soto, Diego Columbus, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, Alonso de Ojeda, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, and Davy Crockett. After him are Jules Dumont d'Urville, Calamity Jane, Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, Ferdinand von Wrangel, Richard E. Byrd, and Benjamin of Tudela.

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Among people born in 1570, Willem Janszoon ranks 4Before him are Guy Fawkes, Hans Lippershey, and Henry Hudson. After him are Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Jan Janszoon, Kara Davud Pasha, Giorgi Saakadze, John Smyth, Hendrick van Balen the Elder, Péter Pázmány, and Abraham Janssens. Among people deceased in 1631, Willem Janszoon ranks 5Before him are John Donne, Mumtaz Mahal, John Smith, and Constance of Austria. After him are Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Charles II Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, Michael Maestlin, Federico Borromeo, Guillén de Castro y Bellvis, and Katō Yoshiaki.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Willem Janszoon ranks 111 out of 1,427Before him are Adriaen van Ostade (1610), Jan Swammerdam (1637), Marinus van der Lubbe (1909), Menno Simons (1496), Pier Gerlofs Donia (1480), and Isabelle de Charrière (1740). After him are Simon van der Meer (1925), Cornelis Drebbel (1572), Pieter Aertsen (1508), Paulus Potter (1625), Joris Ivens (1898), and Gerard Kuiper (1905).

Among EXPLORERS In Netherlands

Among explorers born in Netherlands, Willem Janszoon ranks 5Before him are Abel Tasman (1603), Willem Barentsz (1550), Jan van Riebeeck (1619), and Jacob Roggeveen (1659). After him are 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).