M.A. De Ruyter, 1607 – 1676

By C.R. Boxer, published February 1958


Credit: NMM BHC2997

Seventeenth Century Dutch Admiral, Michiel Adrianszoon De Ruyter is regarded as one of history’s greatest Admirals and as a national hero of the Netherlands. Beginning life at sea as a cabin boy and ending his career a revered fleet commander during the Dutch Wars, he fought in over fifty sea battles (including the extraordinary raid on the Medway), earned himself a personal fortune as a merchant mariner and played a significant role in reforming the seventeenth century Dutch Navy. This article presents a succinct biography of the man with particular focus on how he was viewed by British contemporaries amongt whom he evoked both considerable anxiety and admiration.

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Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Dutch Wars | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Merchant Marines

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