Willem Barents

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Willem Barentsz

Willem Barentsz
Born c. 1550
Terschelling, Seventeen Provinces
Died 20 June 1597 (aged c. 46)
at sea
Nationality Dutch
Occupation Navigator
Known for Exploration of the Arctic

Willem Barents (or Barentsz, probably from Barentzoon, son of Barent) was a Dutch explorer. He was born on Terschelling around 1550, and died on the 20th June 1597 near Novaya Zemlya.

The Barents Sea,[1] Barentsburg and Barents Region were all named after him.

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