Joris van Spilbergen
Joris van Spilbergen was a Dutch
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...

 naval officer of the 17th century.

His first major expedition was in 1596, when he sailed to Africa
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He then left for Asia on May 5, 1601, commanding the fleet of the company of the Moucheron (a trading company before the esablishement of the VOC
Dutch East India Company
The Dutch East India Company was a chartered company established in 1602, when the States-General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia...

). His ships were the Ram, Schaap, and Lam. Spilbergen met the king of Kandy (Sri Lanka
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) Vimala Dharma Suriya in 1602, and discussed the possibility of trade in cinnamon
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In 1607, Spilbergen, onboard Aeolus, was with Jacob van Heemskerk
Jacob van Heemskerk
Jacob van Heemskerk was a Dutch explorer and later admiral commanding the Dutch fleet at the Battle of Gibraltar.-Arctic exploration:...

 at the Battle of Gibraltar
Battle of Gibraltar
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In 1614, he sailed beyond the Straits of Magellan and raided the Spanish settlements of the coast of California
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. From 1578, El Quisco
El Quisco
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 together with the neighbor Algarrobo and El Canelo were a hiding place of pirates such as the Englishmen Francis Drake
Francis Drake
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, Thomas Cavendish
Thomas Cavendish
Sir Thomas Cavendish was an English explorer and a privateer known as "The Navigator" because he was the first who deliberately tried to emulate Sir Francis Drake and raid the Spanish towns and ships in the Pacific and return by circumnavigating the globe...

, Richard Hawkins
Richard Hawkins
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 and the Dutchmen Oliver Van Noort and Joris van Spilbergen. He had some fights with Sebastian Vizcaino
Sebastián Vizcaíno
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 and Nicolas de Cardona
Nicolás de Cardona
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. He circumnavigated the earth, and returned to Holland in 1617.

He died a poor man in Bergen-op-Zoom in 1620.
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