Abraham van Riebeeck

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Abraham van Riebeeck
Abraham van Riebeeck (1653-1713). Gouverneur-generaal van Nederlands Oost Indië (1709-13) Rijksmuseum SK-A-811.jpeg
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
In office
30 October 1709 – 17 November 1713
Preceded by Joan van Hoorn
Succeeded by Christoffel van Swoll
Personal details
Born (1653-10-18)18 October 1653
Castle of Good Hope, Dutch Cape Colony
Died 17 November 1713(1713-11-17) (aged 60)
Batavia, Dutch East Indies
Spouse(s) Elisabeth van Oosten
Children 6
Parents Jan van Riebeeck
Maria van Riebeeck

Abraham van Riebeeck (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːbraːˌɦɑm vɑn ˈribeːk]; 18 October 1653 – 17 November 1713) was a merchant with the Dutch East India Company and the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1709 to 1713.


Abraham van Riebeeck was born on 18 October 1653 in the Dutch Cape Colony (present-day South Africa). His father was Jan van Riebeeck, commander of the Cape, and his mother was Maria van Riebeeck. When his father moved to Batavia in the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia) in 1662, he sent Van Riebeeck and his brother to Holland. He studied law at Leiden University from 1673 to 1676.[1]

After his studies, he became a merchant with the Dutch East India Company and travelled on the ship De Vrijheyt to Batavia, where he arrived 1677.[1]

He married Elisabeth van Oosten in 1678. They had six children, Johanna Maria (1679–1759), Johannes (1691–1735), Elisabeth (1693–1723), and three others who died in their childhood.[1][2][3]

He was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1709 until his death in 1713.[1] He was a keen explorer, who undertook several smaller and a few larger voyages in the Indies.[citation needed]


After he became the first person to reach the summit of Tangkuban Perahu, Van Riebeeck contracted dysentry on his way home. He was unable to recover from the disease and died on 17 November 1713 in Batavia in the Dutch East Indies.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e (in Dutch) Riebeeck, Mr. Abraham van, Nieuw Nederlandsch biografisch woordenboek, 1924; retrieved 17 January 2015.
  2. ^ Primary sources, Women in World History; retrieved 17 January 2015.
  3. ^ (in Dutch) H.M. Morien & H.K. Nagtegaal, Johan Abrahamsz. van Riebeeck (1691-1735), Hollandse Genealogische Databank, 2012; retrieved 17 January 2015.

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