Jan Huygen van Linschoten

Jan Huyghen van Linschoten (1563 – 8 February 1611) was a Dutch merchant, trader, and historian who travelled extensively through the East Indies under Portuguese influence and served as the Portuguese Viceroy’s secretary in Goa between 1583 and 1588. He is credited with publishing important classified information about East Asian trade routes and navigation that was kept as closely guarded secrets by the Portuguese. In 1596, he published his Itinerario (later published in English as Discours of Voyages into Ye East & West Indies) which graphically displayed for the first time in Europe detailed maps of voyages to the East Indies, in particular the Indian Subcontinent.

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