Jacob Quaeckernaeck (ca 1570-1606) was responsible
for opening trade between Japan and the Netherlands. On the way
there, he lost men to cannibals, and ships to the waves.
As skipper of the galleon "de Liefde",
he left the Netherlands with Jacob Mahu's fleet to traverse the
strait of Magelhaen on June 24, 1598. He left Santa Maria Isle,
Chile on November 27, 1599 enroute to Japan. Lost sistership
"de Hoop" in a storm February 23, 1600.
Reached Lot's Wife Island March 24, 1600.The
Japanese inhabitants put the exhausted crew up. Clashed with
the Jesuits present in Japan and were put under the protection
of Emperor Yasu.
Dutch activity in Japan
(click on the picture)
By permission left Japan. Sighted Bungo on
the isle of Kiu-Ziu April 9, 1605 and appeared on the coast of
Malacca in December 1605. Met with his uncle, Cornelis Matelieff
de Jonge, on August 19, 1606 to tell him he had opened trade
with Japan on behalf of the Netherlands.
He never saw his homeland again, falling in
battle with the Portuguese off Malacca in late 1606.