Cornelis de Houtman

Cornelis de Houtman (2 April 1565 – 1 September 1599), brother of Frederick de Houtman, was a Dutch explorer who discovered a new sea route from Europe to Indonesia and managed to begin the Dutch spice trade. At the time, the Portuguese Empire held a monopoly on the spice trade, and the voyage was a symbolic victory for the Dutch, even though the voyage itself was a disaster.

Personal facts

Cornelis de Houtman
Birth dateApril 02, 1565
Birth place
Holland , Gouda , Seventeen Provinces
Dutch Republic
Date of deathSeptember 01, 1599
Place of death
Aceh Sultanate


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