William Dampier

1651 - 1715

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William Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651; died March 1715) was an English explorer, pirate, privateer, navigator, and naturalist who became the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian, as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Francis Drake (16th century) and James Cook (18th century), he "bridged those two eras" with a mix of piratical derring-do of the former and scientific inquiry of the later. His expeditions were among the first to identify and name a number of plants, animals, foods, and cooking techniques for a European audience; being among the first English writers to use words such as avocado, barbecue, and chopsticks. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Dampier has received more than 614,464 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). William Dampier is the 65th most popular explorer (up from 67th in 2019), the 597th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 592nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular British Explorer.

William Dampier was an English explorer and privateer. He was most famous for exploring the west coast of Australia in 1699.

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Among explorers, William Dampier ranks 65 out of 405Before him are Richard Francis Burton, James Clark Ross, Diogo Cão, Jules Dumont d'Urville, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, and Alonso de Ojeda. After him are Davy Crockett, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Hugh Glass, John Davis, Nikolay Przhevalsky, and Giovanni Battista Belzoni.

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Among people born in 1651, William Dampier ranks 4Before him are Margaret Theresa of Spain, François Fénelon, and Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. After him are Natalya Naryshkina, Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, Engelbert Kaempfer, Madame d'Aulnoy, Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld, Charles II, Elector Palatine, William VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, and Johann Krieger. Among people deceased in 1715, William Dampier ranks 8Before him are Nicolas Malebranche, Thomas Savery, François Fénelon, Dom Pérignon, Marie Mancini, and Antoine Galland. After him are Gülnuş Sultan, Pu Songling, Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Charlotte Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, François Girardon, and Pierre Magnol.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Dampier ranks 597 out of 6,924Before him are Robert Grosseteste (1175), Boris Karloff (1887), William Lassell (1799), Frederick Forsyth (1938), John Snow (1813), and Annie Lennox (1954). After him are John Henry Newman (1801), Jane Hawking (1944), Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550), John Harrison (1693), Henry Fielding (1707), and Peter Finch (1916).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, William Dampier ranks 12Before him are Henry Hudson (1570), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), and James Clark Ross (1800). After him are John Davis (1550), Thomas Cavendish (1560), Robert FitzRoy (1805), Mary Kingsley (1862), Alexander Mackenzie (1764), and George Vancouver (1757).