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date: 26 February 2021

Bering, Vitus Jonassenlocked

( August 1681–08 December 1741)
  • Carol Urness

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Bering, Vitus Jonassen ( August 1681–08 December 1741), explorer, was born in Horsens, Denmark, the son of Jonas Svendsen, a customs inspector, and Anne Petersdatter. Her family included the distinguished poet Vitus Pedersen Bering; young Vitus was named for him. Bering’s half-brother Svend, given the choice between colonial service and prison after he participated in riots, chose colonial service and sailed for India in April 1696; Vitus was along as ship’s boy....

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