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By Diana Preston, Michael Preston

William Dampier, (1651-1715), used to be an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships at the Spanish major. negative and ill-educated and decided to make his fortune, he still had a fondness for exploration and medical learn. Dampier was once the 1st to map the winds and currents of the world's oceans; led the 1st recorded occasion of Englishmen to set foot on Australia - eighty years ahead of cook dinner; wrote approximately Galapagos flora and fauna a hundred and fifty years ahead of Darwin, who drew on Dampier's notes in his personal paintings; used to be the 1st shuttle author: a brand new VOYAGE around the globe was once quick bestseller while it used to be released in 1697 - acknowledged to have inspired the novels of rapid and Defoe. a guy choked with contradictions: he who completed lots 'blew it' later in lifestyles, declining into scandal, failure or even farce. a different guy sooner than his time, he lived a wide a part of his lifestyles between pirates but controlled to maintain what Coleridge known as his "exquisite refinement of mind". A vintage instance of the simplest narrative heritage.

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