A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William  Dampier

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

Title: A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier
Author: Diana Preston, Michael Preston
ISBN10: 0552772100
ISBN13: 978-0552772105
Publisher: Corgi Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2005)
Language: English
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
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Pages: 512 pages
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A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier by Diana Preston, Michael 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 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.