Famous Dutch Explorers

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 1 Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman.
Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: 1603 AD
Birthplace: Lutjegast
Died: October 10, 1659

Dutch explorer and Dutch East India Company merchant Abel Tasman was the first European to reach the shores of Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, and Van Diemen's Land, the last of which was named Tasmania in his honor. His circumnavigation of Australia proved that it was a separate continent.

 2 Willem Janszoon

Willem Janszoon.
Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: 1570 AD
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: 1631 AD
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 3 Willem Barentsz

Willem Barentsz.
Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: 1550 AD
Birthplace: Terschelling, Netherlands
Died: June 20, 1597

 4 Jacob Roggeveen

Jacob Roggeveen.
Famous As: Explorer who discovered Easter Island
Birthdate: February 1, 1659
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Middelburg
Died: January 31, 1729

Jacob Roggeveen was a Dutch explorer who is credited with discovering Easter Island, Samoa, Maupiti, and Bora Bora. Interestingly, he found Easter Island by accident as he was initially sent to find Terra Australis. He is also remembered for publishing his work De val van 's werelds afgod.

 5 Cornelis de Houtman

Cornelis de Houtman.
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 2, 1565
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gouda, Netherlands
Died: September 1, 1599

 6 Anthony van Diemen

Anthony van Diemen
Famous As: Colonial administrator
Birthdate: 1593 AD
Birthplace: Culemborg, Netherlands
Died: April 19, 1645

 7 Willem Schouten

Willem Schouten
Famous As: Dutch Navigator
Birthdate: 1567 AD
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
Died: 1625 AD
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 8 Jacob van Heemskerck

Jacob van Heemskerck
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: March 13, 1567
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: April 25, 1607

 9 Olivier Brunel

Olivier Brunel
Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Province of Brabant
Died: 1585 AD