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Title A pirate of exquisite mind [electronic resource] : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier / Diana & Michael Preston.
Author Preston, Diana, 1952-
Publication New York : Walker & Company, 2004.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 372 pages) : illustrations, maps
text file
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [349]-354) and index.
Summary "At a time when surviving a voyage across the Pacific was cause for celebration, William Dampier journeyed three times around the world, sailing more than 200,000 miles in his lifetime and witnessing people, places, and phenomena no European had seen. As a young man he spent several years in the swashbuckling company of buccaneers in the Caribbean and Pacific, learning to survive in their bloodthirsty, uncertain world, before setting off on his first journey around the globe - a many-year odyssey, much of it spent in the theretofore mysterious Pacific and Southeast Asia. Later, his best-selling books about his experiences were a sensation; the vividness of his prose and accuracy of his descriptions put armchair readers in the midst of unknown worlds and introduced many words into the English language, including barbecue, chopsticks, and kumquat. Over time, Dampier's observations and insights influenced generations of scientists, explorers, and writers." "Dampier's powers of observation were astonishing. He was the first to deduce that winds cause currents and the first to produce wind maps across the world, surpassing even the work of Edmund Halley. His insights on land were equally astute: For example, he introduced the concept of the "sub-species" that Darwin later built into his theory of evolution, and his description of the breadfruit was the impetus for Captain Bligh's voyage on the Bounty. Dampier reached Australia eighty years before Cook, and he later led the first formal expedition of science and discovery back to Australia. So influential was Dampier that today he has more than one thousand entries in the Oxford English Dictionary."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents The Adventurer -- "A Self-Conceited Young Man" -- "A Great Prospect of Getting Money Here" -- "To Seek a Subsistence" -- "A Door to the South Seas" -- The Buccaneer -- "That Sacred Hunger of Gold" -- "Two Fat Monkeys" -- The Bachelor's Delight -- The Enchanted Islands -- "We Ran for It" -- The Traveler -- "You Would Have Poisoned Them" -- "As White as Milk and as Soft as Cream" -- "This Mad Crew" -- "New-Gotten Liberty" -- "Our Little Ark" -- Gut Rot and Gunpowder -- The Painted Prince -- The Celebrity -- The Rover's Return -- "Good Copy" -- "Dampier's Voyage Takes so Wonderfully" -- Kiss My Arse -- Shark's Bay -- "A Flame of Fire" -- "Not a Fit Person" -- The Ancient Mariner -- "Brandy Enough" -- The Manila Galleon at Last.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Dampier, William, 1652-1715.
Explorers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Hydrologists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Naturalists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Voyages around the world -- History -- 17th century.
Dampier, William.
Dampier, William.
Dampier, William, 1652-1715. (OCoLC)fst00043547
Explorers. (OCoLC)fst00918556
Hydrologists. (OCoLC)fst00965146
Naturalists. (OCoLC)fst01034543
Voyages around the world. (OCoLC)fst01169326
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
1600 - 1699
Natural history
Voyages & travels
Genre Electronic books.
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author Preston, Michael, 1948-
OverDrive, Inc.
Related To Print version: Preston, Diana, 1952- Pirate of exquisite mind. New York : Walker & Company, 2004 0802714250 (DLC) 2003062197 (OCoLC)53075943
ISBN 9780802718136 (electronic bk.)
0802718132 (electronic bk.)

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