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

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The first major biography of the explorer--and pirate--who inspired Darwin, Defoe, and Cook, "A Pirate of Exquisite Mind" restores William Dampier to ... Show synopsis

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BruceHH

Pirate/Naturalist

by BruceHH on Mar 29, 2009

Dampier was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the earth three times. During the first two 'adventures' he took copious notes of the flora, fauna and cultures he came across. But more importantly, he recorded the winds and currents and opined that the winds caused the currents. This was in the late 1600s. More than a century later Charles Darwin used Dampier's work on his voyage on the BEAGLE. Hydrographers and oceanographers still cite his work. Daniel Defoe and Johnathan Swift used Dampier's journal and books to obtain material for their stories and satire. This little known individual has not really been credited for the effect he has had on world civilization.

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