Jan Huygen van Linschoten

Jan Huygen van Linschoten (1563 – 8 February 1611) was a Dutch merchant, trader, and historian who traveled 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 Asian trade and navigation that was kept as closely guarded secrets of the trade by the Portuguese.

In 1596, Linschoten 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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