A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier
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 was the first to map the winds and currents of the world's 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 Dampier's 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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Review: A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William DampierUser Review - Eddy Allen - Goodreads
Darwin took his books aboard the Beagle. Swift and Defoe used his experiences as inspiration in writing Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. Captain Cook relied on his observations while voyaging ... Read full review
Review: A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William DampierUser Review - Randal - Goodreads
It's hard to imagine how such an accomplished person could have faded so far into the depths of history. Dampier is an absolutely unique character ... almost larger than life: First Englishman to ... Read full review
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