Rijcklof van Goens

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Rijcklof Volckertsz. van Goens
Governor of Dutch Ceylon
In office
12 May 1660 – 1661
Preceded by Adriaan van der Meyden
Succeeded by Adriaan van der Meyden
In office
Preceded by Adriaan van der Meyden
Succeeded by Jacob Hustaert
In office
19 November 1664 – 1675
Preceded by Jacob Hustaert
Succeeded by Ryklof van Goens de jonge
Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
In office
4 January 1678 – 25 November 1681[1]
Preceded by Joan Maetsuycker
Succeeded by Cornelis Speelman
Personal details
Born 24 June 1619
Died November 14, 1682(1682-11-14) (aged 63)
Amsterdam, Dutch Republic

Rijcklof Volckertsz. van Goens (24 June 1619 – 14 November 1682) was the Governor of Zeylan and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. He was the Governor of Zeylan from 12 May 1660 to 1661, then in 1663 and finally from 19 November 1664 to 1675 during the Dutch period in Ceylon.[2] He was also served as Council Member of India during 1679.[3]

Van Goens was born in Rees. He wrote extensively about his travels to Ceylon and India. His writing about visits to the palaces of Sultan Agung and his successors are important references for historians of the Mataram era in Java. He died in Amsterdam, aged 63.

On 20 February 1673, Van Goens with a fleet of 6,000 men attacked Bombay. Soon, The Treaty of Westminster concluded between England and the Netherlands in 1674, relieved the British settlements in Bombay of further apprehension from the Dutch.[4]

In 1679 when Rijckloff van Goens arrived at Cape Town, while recuperating from an illness. He recommended to the Chamber of Seventeen, the governing body of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), that land should be granted to Simon van der Stel. When Simon van der Stel received title to 891 morgen (about 763 hectares) on 13 July 1685, he built a house and used the land to produce wine and called the estaet as Groot Constantia where Groot in Dutch is great and Constantia is daughter's name of Rijckloff van Goens.[5]

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