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1607, Mar 241676, Apr 29
a Dutch admiral. He is the most famous and one of the most skilled admirals in Dutch history, most famous for his role in the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the 17th century. He fought the English and French and scored several major victories against them, the best known probably being the Raid on the Medway. The pious De Ruyter was very much loved by his sailors and soldiers; from them his most significant nickname derived: Bestevaêr (older Dutch for 'grandfather'.)
 Timeline (11)
08/26/1652-Sea battle of Plymouth: Ayscue vs Michiel de Ruyter
11/25/1659-Michiel de Ruyter conquers Danish city Nyborg 
02/27/1665-Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter beats English [check! - year, location or combatants is incorrect -ed] 
08/05/1666-English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter 
06/10/1667-Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter occupies Sheerness, England
06/12/1667-Michiel de Ruyter leads a Dutch attack that destroys the English fleet
06/07/1672-Battle of Solebay: Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter beats French/English fleet
02/21/1673-Michiel de Ruyter appointed lt-admiral-general of Dutch fleet 
06/14/1673-Second battle of Schooneveld: Michiel de Ruyter beats French/English fleet
08/21/1673-Sea Battle of Texel (aka Battle of Kijkduin): Michiel de Ruyter defeats English and French fleet
04/22/1676-Battle of Augusta (aka Battle of Agosta or Battle of Etna) - Netherlands/Spain vs France, Michiel de Ruyter fatally wounded by cannonball
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