Famous Dutch Military Leaders

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 1 Michiel de Ruyter

Michiel de Ruyter
Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: March 24, 1607
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlissingen, Netherlands
Died: April 29, 1676

Michiel de Ruyter was a Dutch admiral best remembered for his achievements during the Anglo-Dutch Wars. An important member of the Dutch Navy during his time, De Ruyter is widely considered one of the most talented admirals of all time. Regarded as a Dutch folk hero, Michiel de Ruyter's life and career inspired the 2015 Dutch film, Michiel de Ruyter.

 2 Pier Gerlofs Donia

Pier Gerlofs Donia
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Kimswerd, Frisia, Netherlands
Died: October 28, 1520

Pier Gerlofs Donia was a Frisian rebel leader and pirate, whose life is shrouded in mystery. He was said to be a big, strong man with a dark complexion. He led an armed band, known as the Arumer Zwarte Hoop, against the Hollanders and Burgundians at sea and targeted ships that traveled the Zuiderzee. He died in 1520. 

 3 Maurice, Prince of Orange

Maurice, Prince of Orange
Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: November 14, 1567
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dillenburg, Germany
Died: April 23, 1625
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 4 Jan Pieterszoon Coen

Jan Pieterszoon Coen
Famous As: Governor-General
Birthdate: January 8, 1587
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands
Died: September 21, 1629

 5 Karel Doorman

Karel Doorman
Famous As: Naval Officer
Birthdate: April 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: February 28, 1942

 6 Piet Pieterszoon Hein

Piet Pieterszoon Hein
Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: November 25, 1577
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delfshaven, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: June 18, 1629

 7 Maarten Tromp

Maarten Tromp
Famous As: General
Birthdate: April 23, 1598
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Breille, Netherlands
Died: August 10, 1653
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 8 Gaius Julius Civilis

Gaius Julius Civilis
Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: October 31, 0025
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Unknown

 9 René of Chalon

René of Chalon
Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: February 5, 1519
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands
Died: July 15, 1544

 10 Johannes van den Bosch

Johannes van den Bosch
Famous As: Governor-General
Birthdate: February 2, 1780
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Herwijnen, Netherlands
Died: January 28, 1844

 11 Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich

Conrad Emil Lambert Helfrich
Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: October 11, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia
Died: September 20, 1962

 12 J. B. van Heutsz

J. B. van Heutsz
Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: February 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coevorden, Netherlands
Died: July 11, 1924

 13 Cornelis Speelman

Cornelis Speelman
Famous As: Governor-General
Birthdate: March 2, 1628
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: January 11, 1684

 14 Jacob van Heemskerck

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

 15 Adriaan van der Stel

Adriaan van der Stel
Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Mauritius
Died: May 25, 1646

 16 Dirk van Hogendorp

Dirk van Hogendorp
Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: October 3, 1761
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heenvliet, Netherlands
Died: October 29, 1822