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

 
 
 
 
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer
Author: Diana Preston - Michael Preston
ISBN 13: 9780425200377
ISBN 10: 42520037
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 2005-04-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $17.00
 
 

The pirate genius who inspired Darwin, Defoe, and Cook.

Seventeenth-century pirate genius William Dampier sailed around the world three times when crossing the Pacific was a major feat, was the first explorer to visit all five continents, and reached Australia eighty years before Captain Cook. His exploits created a sensation in Europe. Swift and Defoe used his experiences in writing Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. Darwin incorporated his concept of "sub-species" into the theory of evolution. Dampier's description of breadfruit was the impetus for Captain Bligh's voyage on the Bounty. He was so influential that today he has more than one thousand entries in the Oxford English Dictionary, including such words as chopsticks, barbecue, and kumquat. Anthropologists still use his work.

Author Biography: Diana Preston, the author of Lusitania, The Boxer Rebellion, and other nonfiction works, and Michael Preston live in London.