William Dampier 1652–1715

  • Ian McGowan
Part of the St. Martin’s Anthologies of English Literature book series (AEL)


Dampier wrote several accounts of his voyages as a buccaneering explorer, which took him to South America, the East Indies and Australia: New Voyage Round the World (1697); Voyage to New Holland (1703–9). He is a link between the adventurous narratives of the seventeenth century and the more scientifically documented explorations of the eighteenth. He features in the history of Alexander Selkirk, whose being marooned on Juan Fernandez gave Defoe the kernel of Robinson Crusoe (see p. 85); Swift’s Gulliver refers to his ‘cousin Dampier’.

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