Friday, 11 March 2011

William Dampier

"I commonly went ashore every day, either upon business, or to recreate myself in the fields, which were very pleasant, and the more for a shower of rain now and then, that ushers in the wet season."
The appropriately-named William Dampier (1651-1715)

Dampier was an English buccaneer, adventurer and explorer who perhaps doesn't get the recognition he deserves, his amazing career being eclipsed by Raleigh and Drake before, and Cook after; but as well as being the first Englishman to map parts New Holland (Australia), he was the first person in history to circumnavigate the globe three times. The port of Dampier, in Western Australia, was named after him.

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