A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier Diana Preston

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A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William  Dampier  by  Diana Preston

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier by Diana Preston
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William Dampier, (1651-1715), was an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships on the Spanish Main. Poor and ill-educated and determined to make his fortune, he nonetheless had a passion for exploration and scientific research.Dampier wasMoreWilliam Dampier, (1651-1715), was an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships on the Spanish Main.

Poor and ill-educated and determined to make his fortune, he nonetheless had a passion for exploration and scientific research.Dampier was the first to map the winds and currents of the worlds oceans- led the first recorded party of Englishmen to set foot on Australia - 80 years before Cook- wrote about Galapagos wildlife 150 years before Darwin, who drew on Dampiers notes in his own work- was the first travel writer: A NEW VOYAGE AROUND THE WORLD was instant bestseller when it was published in 1697 - said to have influenced the novels of Swift and Defoe.A man full of contradictions: he who achieved so much blew it later in life, declining into scandal, failure and even farce.

A unique man ahead of his time, he lived a large part of his life among pirates yet managed to preserve what Coleridge called his exquisite refinement of mind. A classic example of the best narrative history.



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