Willem Janszoon

Navigator, Deceased Person

1570 – 1630

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Who was Willem Janszoon?

Willem Janszoon, Dutch navigator and colonial governor, is the first European known to have seen the coast of Australia - in 1606. His name is sometimes abbreviated to Willem Jansz.. Janszoon served in the Netherlands East Indies for several periods 1603–11, 1612–16, including a period as governor of Fort Henricus on Solor.

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Born
1570
Holland
Nationality
  • Netherlands
  • Dutch Republic
Profession
Lived in
  • Amsterdam
Died
1630

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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