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A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier | Diana Preston
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Darwin took his books aboard the Beagle. Swift and Defoe used his experiences as inspiration in writing Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe. Captain Cook relied on his observations while voyaging around the world. Coleridge called him a genius and "a man of exquisite mind." In the history of exploration, nobody has ventured further than Englishman William Dampier. Yet while the exploits of Cook, Shackleton, and a host of legendary explorers have been widely chronicled, those of perhaps the greatest are virtually invisible today-an omission that Diana and Michael Preston have redressed in this vivid, compelling biography. As a young man Dampier spent several years in the swashbuckling company of buccaneers in the Caribbean. At a time when surviving one voyage across the Pacific was cause for celebration, Dampier ultimately journeyed three times around the world; his bestselling books about his experiences were a sensation, influencing generations of scientists, explorers, and writers. 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. 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 80 years before Cook, and he later led the first formal expedition of science and discovery there. A Pirate of Exquisite Mind restores William Dampier to his rightful place in history-one of the pioneers on whose insights our understanding of the natural world was built.
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🏴‍☠️ This nonfiction book tells of William Dampier, a naturalist who went around the world 3 times. It is shocking he is not more well known considering he discovered and named so many things. It‘s an easy read because it‘s so fascinating.

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Can't believe I finished this on Talk Like a Pirate Day 😂 This lively, well-written biography chronicled the adventures of an original buccaneer who also lived as a gentleman naturalist and contributed knowledge of hydrography and biology that still gets used. Dampier never made much money as a pirate or scientist, but every time you ride an ocean current or watch the tides, Dampier sails on.

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