LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van


LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van
(1563–1611)
   Dutch trav eler. During the 1580s, van Linschoten took part in a voyage to the East Indies in the service of the Portuguese. He also gathered in formation about the newly discovered parts of East Asia, China, and Japan, among other places, from the Dutchman Dirck Ger ritsz Pomp. As a citizen of Enkhuizen, he joined voyages that sought, without success, the Northeastern Passage in the 1590s. In 1596, he published his famous Journael van de dertien-jarighe reyse na Oost Indien [Journal of the Thirteen-Year Voyage after East Asia]. The Dutch Hakluyt Society was named the Linschoten Vereeniging after him; since 1909, it has published more than 100 volumes of travel accounts.

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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