Dampier, William

   Discoverer and buccaneer, b. near Yeovil. After various seafaring adventures, and leading a semi-piratical life, he was in 1688 marooned on Nicobar Island, but escaped to Acheen, returned to England in 1691. He pub. his Voyage Round the World (1697), and A Discourse of Winds (1699). He was then employed by government on a voyage of survey and discovery (1699-1700), in the course of which he explored the north-west coast of Australia and the coasts of New Guinea and New Britain. In 1701 he was wrecked upon Ascension Island, from which he was rescued by an East Indiaman. He was afterwards court-martialled for cruelty, and wrote an angry but unconvincing vindication. His Voyage is written in a style plain and homely, but is perspicuous and interesting.

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  • Dampier, William — born August 1651, East Coker, Somerset, Eng. died March 1715, London English buccaneer and explorer. In his early years he engaged in piracy, chiefly along the western coast of South America and in the Pacific. In 1697 he published a popular book …   Universalium

  • Dampier, William — ► (1652 1715) Navegante inglés. Exploró las costas de Australia y Nueva Guinea. * * * (ago. 1651, East Coker, Somerset, Inglaterra–mar. 1715, Londres). Corsario y explorador inglés. En su juventud, se dedicó a la piratería, principalmente a lo… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • DAMPIER, WILLIAM —    an English navigator and buccaneer; led a roving and adventurous life, and parting company with his comrades, set off on a cruise in the South Seas; came home and published a Voyage Round the World ; this led to his employment in further… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • DAMPIER, William (1651-1715) — voyager was born at East Coker, near Yeovil, Somerset, England, on 5 September 1651, the son of George Dampier, a farmer, and his wife Ann. The year of birth is usually given as 1652, but Clennell Wilkinson in his biography gives what appear to… …   Dictionary of Australian Biography

  • Dampier — Dampier, William …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • William Dampier — Captain William Dampier, retrato de T. Murray, 1698 …   Wikipedia Español

  • DAMPIER (W.) — DAMPIER WILLIAM (1652 1715) Fils d’un petit paysan anglais, entré très jeune dans la marine, William Dampier a combattu les Hollandais en 1672 1673, avant de choisir la vie d’un aventurier, négociant ici, pirate ailleurs, passant des Antilles à… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Dampier — (spr. Dämpier), William, geb. 1652 zu East Coker in Somersetshire, machte früh eine Reise nach Frankreich, Terre neuve u. Ostindien; 1673 engagirte er sich auf einem englischen Kriegsschiff, verließ aber den Dienst bald wieder; 1675 auf kurze… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • William Dampier — Infobox Person name = William Dampier image size = 250px caption = William Dampier, buccaneer, navigator and explorer birth name = birth date = 5 September 1651 birth place = East Coker Somerset death date = March 1715 death place = London death… …   Wikipedia

  • William Dampier — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Dampier. William Dampier, pirate, navigateur et explorateur William Dampier (septembre  …   Wikipédia en Français

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