A Pirate of Exquisite Mind : The Life of William Dampier Paperback
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
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 512 pages, Illustrations, maps, ports.
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2005
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780552772105