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The Resource A pirate of exquisite mind : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier, Diana & Michael Preston

A pirate of exquisite mind : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier, Diana & Michael Preston

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A pirate of exquisite mind : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier
Title
A pirate of exquisite mind
Title remainder
explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier
Statement of responsibility
Diana & Michael Preston
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Subject
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Language
eng
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.--
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individual biography
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IT-FiEUI
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1952-
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Preston, Diana
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1948-
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Preston, Michael
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  • Dampier, William
  • Explorers
  • Hydrologists
  • Naturalists
  • Voyages around the world
Label
A pirate of exquisite mind : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier, Diana & Michael Preston
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [349]-354) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • The
  • adventurer -- The buccaneer -- The traveler -- The celebrity -- The ancient mariner
Control code
FIEb16198025
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 372 pages ;
Isbn
9780802714251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Stock number
1231539
System control number
(OCoLC)53075943
Label
A pirate of exquisite mind : explorer, naturalist, and buccaneer : the life of William Dampier, Diana & Michael Preston
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [349]-354) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • The
  • adventurer -- The buccaneer -- The traveler -- The celebrity -- The ancient mariner
Control code
FIEb16198025
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 372 pages ;
Isbn
9780802714251
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Stock number
1231539
System control number
(OCoLC)53075943

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