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Emanuel van Meteren

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
Death: April 18, 1612 (76)
London, Greater London, UK
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacobus Cornelius Van Meteren and Ortillia Ortels
Husband of Maria Ortelius and Hester van den Corput
Father of Jacobus Van Meteren
Brother of Cornelius van Meteren; Maria van Meteren; Melchoir van Meteren and Aert van Meteren

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About Emanuel van Meteren

Van Meteren was prominent at the nexus of scholarship, politics, religion and business between the Low Countries and England. Critically, Van Meteren left a lasting impact not only on his times and place but also in the wider world.

Late in his life Van Meteren identified and engaged an unemployed English captain for a mission that required secrecy and bravery. On behalf of a loose coalition of Flermings – nearly all passionate, Protestant refugees from Antwerp – Van Meteren convinced Henry Hudson to sail under the Dutch flag. The VOC (Verenigde OostIndische Compagnie – Dutch East India Company) sought to fulfill patriotic impulses through the pursuit of profits. Their goal: to seek an unguarded (by their Iberian enemies, the Spanish and Portuguese) route to Asia and thereby capture for themselves the lucrative spice trade in Europe.

Upon Henry Hudson’s return from America, Van Meteren took the primary role of disseminating the knowledge of this New World discovery in Europe.


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September 6, 1535
Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
Age 20
Antwerpen, Vlaams Gewest, België
April 18, 1612
Age 76
London, Greater London, UK
London, Greater London, UK