Jacob Roggeveen was an explorer of the South Pacific. He is best known for his discovery of Easter Island on 5 April 1722. In 1706 he joined the Dutch East India Company, and later worked for the Dutch West India Company.
His parents were Arent Roggeveen and Maria Storm. He had two older brothers, Johan and Jan. He married twice, first to Marija Margaerita Vincentius and after she died in 1714, he married Anna Adriana Clement in the Dutch East Indies.
He was buried on 5 February 1729 in the Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg.