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Biographical entry Dampier, William (1651 - 1715)

Born
1651
Died
1715
London, England
Occupation
Explorer

Summary

William Dampier commanded an expedition to the South Pacific which discovered the Dampier Archipelago and the Dampier Strait.

Details

Fought in the Anglo-Dutch War in 1672-3. Became planter in the West Indies and a buccaneer against the Spanish Caribbean colonies (1679-81). Wrote a valuable hydrographic treatise. Commanded an expedition to the South Pacific which discovered the Dampier Archipelago and the Dampier Strait. He also named the island of New Britain.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Dampier, William, A New Voyage Round the World: the Journal of an English Buccaneer, Hummingbird Press, London, 1998, 284 pp. Details
  • George, Alex S., William Dampier in New Holland: Australia's First Natural Historian, Blooming Books, Hawthorn, Victoria, 1999, 191 pp. Details
  • Mitchell, Adrian, Dampier's monkey: the South Seas Voyages of William Dampier, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, S.A., 2011, 545 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Bach, J., 'Dampier, William (1651-1715)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 277-278. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010265b.htm. Details
  • Baer, Joel H., 'William Dampier, 1651-1715', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details

Conference Papers

  • Williams, Gary C., 'William Dampier: Pre-Linnean Explorer, Naturalist, Buccaneer', in Michael T. Ghiselin and Alan E. Leviton (eds), Impact of Travels on Scientific Knowledge, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, 2004, pp. 146-166. Details

Journal Articles

  • George, Alex, 'William Dampier as a natural historian', The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, vol. 37, no. 1, 2015, pp. 36-52. Details
  • McCarthy, M., 'A brief Dampier chronology', The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, vol. 37, no. 1, 2015, pp. i-xii. Details
  • Williams, Gary C., 'William Dampier: Science, Exploration and Literary Influence, including his Hydrographic Treatise of 1699', Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciece, Series 4, vol. 59, no. 14, 2008, pp. 533-663. Details
  • Williams, Gary C., 'The historical context and influence of William Dampier's hydrographic science', The Great Circle: Journal of the Australian Association for Maritime History, vol. 37, no. 1, 2015, pp. 53-81. Details

Online Resources

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