a Dutch naval officer and explorer who led the second Dutch expedition to Indonesia from 1598 to 1599. Van Neck was from an Amsterdam family in good standing, and received a thorough education. Since he came from a commercial background and was not experienced in sailing, he took extra classes in navigation. Following the success of the first Dutch expedition to Indonesia in 1597, Van Neck was chosen to lead a second expedition in 1598, with the purpose of bringing back various spices. In May 1598, he left the port of Texel with eight vessels under his command.
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05/01/1598-Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs Texel for Indonesia
11/26/1598-Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet reaches Bantam West-Java 
01/11/1599-Jacob van Neck's fleet leaves Bantam Java with pepper, clove and muskaat 
07/19/1599-Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet leaves Java 
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