The Buccaneer Explorer: William Dampier's Voyages

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William Dampier (1651-1715) is the most remarkable seaman that England produced in the century and a half between Drake and Captain Cook. They each circumnavigated the world once; Dampier did so three times. He commanded the first government-funded voyage of discovery with a specific mission to report on matters of government and science. A good seaman, but a bad commander, he spent most of his life as a privateer, buccaneer, or pirate, and his career culminated in the capture of the great treasure galleon sent ...

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Overview

William Dampier (1651-1715) is the most remarkable seaman that England produced in the century and a half between Drake and Captain Cook. They each circumnavigated the world once; Dampier did so three times. He commanded the first government-funded voyage of discovery with a specific mission to report on matters of government and science. A good seaman, but a bad commander, he spent most of his life as a privateer, buccaneer, or pirate, and his career culminated in the capture of the great treasure galleon sent each year from the New World to Spain. But he was also a great writer, author of the first major English travel book, A New Voyage Round the World, and of scientific treatises and descriptions of natural history. His expedition to Australia was in many ways disastrous, with his ships being lost; but the book that came out of it, A Voyage to New Holland, is rich in evocative accounts of the peoples and places he had found or visited. He was not afraid to record things he could not explain, for 'better qualified persons who shall come after me', and his books were reference works used extensively not only by subsequent voyagers but by modern scientists who continue to cite his observations. This edited account of his voyages gives an admirable picture of this fascinating and unorthodox figure in his own words. GERALD NORRIS writes on maritime and musical subjects. His books include West Country Pirates and Buccaneers, Stanford, the Cambridge Jubilee and Tchaikovsky and A Musical Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843833642
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/21/2008
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Chapter 1     1
Outward bound to Jamaica and Mexico
Boobies, crabs, alligators and crocodiles
The logwood-cutters of Campeche
Hocksing bullocks
The great storm
Ill-mannered monkeys and other animals
The natives of Villahermosa
Chapter 2     29
A fresh start
An expedition over the Isthmus of Darien
The return journey
Mosquito Indians
The Islas del Maiz
Buccaneering off the coast of Venezuela
A cocoa plantation
Capture of a Danish slave ship
The Galapagos Islands
The death and burial of Captain Cook
Chapter 3     55
North to Amapala
Buccaneering off the coast of Peru
Peruvian rafts
Rain
Debacle in Panama Bay
The capture of Leon
Avocado, guava, prickly pear, cochineal
El Buffadore
The treasure ships
Desperate diseases
Crossing the Pacific
Chapter 4     79
Coconut and breadfruit
Mindanao and its people
Punishments
A Wapping bourgeois gentilhomme
The general's women
Some thoughts on differences in time
Captain Swan loses the Cygnet
Chapter 5     107
A new captain
Flying foxes
Customs in Cochinchina
Observations on the Chinese
Typhoons and waterspouts
The Batan Islands, south of Taiwan
A visit to New Holland
The first Englishman sets foot on Australian soil
'The miserablest people in the world'
Chapter 6     127
Pirating off the coast of Sumatera
Life on Great Nicobar
A lingering view of approaching death
Arrival at Pulo Way
A voyage toTonquin
Its food and climate
The people and their dwellings
Life in the city
Faith, feasts and funerals
Chapter 7     163
Boua and Choua, the rulers of old Vietnam
The military guard
Crime and punishment
Chopsticks
A social blunder
A Roman Catholic mission
A buccaneer's reflections on trade
The people of Sumatera
Religion and the law
The painted prince
The death ship
Arrival at Table Bay
The Hodmadods
Zebras
The island of St Helena
Chapter 8     195
An Admiralty voyage to New Holland: the Preface
Sailing to Tenerife
The town of Laguna
An unhappy voyage to Brazil
The people of Bahia
On snakes
On sugar
Round the Cape of Good Hope and across the Indian Ocean
New Holland again
Its birds and animals
The land and its people
Arrival at Timor
The island of Sabuda
New Ireland, New Britain and Burning Island
Ascension Island and the end of the Roebuck
Chapter 9     235
Court martial and a disappointing engagement
Captain Dampier's Vindication
Dampier rebutted
The Manila ship
Dampier's Vindication continued
A final broadside
The rescue of Alexander Selkirk
The Manila galleon again
A second encounter
Safe haven
List of Sources     260
Bibliography     261
Index     263
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