Willem Barents is an Dutch navigator.
1594 – He left Amsterdam with two ships to search for a northeast passage to eastern Asia.
1595 – Barents commanded another expedition of seven ships, which made for the strait between the Asiatic coast and Vaygach Island.
1597 – Willem Barents died 20th of June in the Arctic Ocean.
The Barents Sea and Barents Region were both named after him.