A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer

A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer

Diana Preston


Seventeenth-century pirate genius William Dampier sailed world wide 3 times whilst crossing the Pacific used to be an enormous feat, used to be the 1st explorer to go to all 5 continents, and reached Australia 80 years earlier than Captain cook dinner. His exploits created a sensation in Europe. speedy and Defoe used his stories in writing Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. Darwin included his idea of "sub-species" into the idea of evolution. Dampier's description of breadfruit used to be the impetus for Captain Bligh's voyage at the Bounty. He was once so influential that this day he has a couple of thousand entries within the Oxford English Dictionary, together with such phrases as chopsticks, barbeque, and kumquat. Anthropologists nonetheless use his paintings.

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