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|Joris van Spilbergen|
Spilbergen meeting King Vimaladharmasuriya in 1602
|Died||1629 (age 51-52)
Bergen op Zoom
Joris van Spilbergen was born in Antwerp in 1568.
His first major expedition was in 1596, when he sailed to Africa.
He then left for Asia on 5 May 1601, from Vere, a seaport on the island of Walcheren in Zealand, in command of the fleet of the company of the Moucheron (a trading company before the esablishement of the VOC). His ships were the Ram, Schaap, and Lam. Spilbergen met the king of Kandy (Sri Lanka) Vimala Dharma Suriya in 1602, and discussed the possibility of trade in cinnamon.
From 1578, El Quisco together with the neighbor Algarrobo and El Canelo were a hiding place of pirates such as the Englishmen Francis Drake, Thomas Cavendish, Richard Hawkins and the Dutchmen Olivier van Noort and Joris van Spilbergen. He had some fights with Sebastián Vizcaíno and Nicolás de Cardona. He circumnavigated the earth, and returned to the Dutch Republic in 1617.
He died a poor man in Bergen op Zoom in 1620.
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