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Jan Huygen van Linschoten
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In 1563, at a time when Portuguese hegemony over the waters of the East Indies was evident and the northern part of the Habsburg Netherlands was on the brink of a fierce revolt against the Spanish crown (1568-1648), Jan Huygen van Linschoten was born in Haarlem as Jan Huygen. As a child, he had a talent for foreign languages and a strong desire to travel. In about 1579,…

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van Liere, Lucien, “Jan Huygen van Linschoten”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <>

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