Willem Cornelis Schouten

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Schouten, Willem Cornelis

 

Born 1580 (?) in Hoorn, province of North Holland; died 1625. Dutch navigator.

In 1615, Schouten and J. Le Maire led a trade expedition to Indonesia by a western route. Schouten’s account of his journey around the world, Journal or Description of the MarvelousVoyage, was first published in 1618 in Amsterdam and was subsequently reprinted many times. The islands that Schouten discovered off the northeastern coast of New Guinea were named in his honor.

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2) I have followed the tradition of naming the voyage of Willem Schouten and Jacob Le Maire after the commander.
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The first Europeans to visit Isla de los Estados were two Dutch sailors, Jacques Le Maire and Willem Schouten, who in 1616 happened upon the island as they were looking for an easier passage than the Strait of Magellan to the Pacific.
On This Day: 1616: Willem Schouten became the first person to round Cape Horn.
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