Willem Cornelis Schouten

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.