William Dampier

1651 - 1715

William Dampier

William Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651; died March 1715) was an English explorer, pirate, and navigator 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 Sir Walter Raleigh and James Cook.After impressing the Admiralty with his book A New Voyage Round the World, Dampier was given command of a Royal Navy ship and made important discoveries in western Australia, before being court-martialled for cruelty. On a later voyage he rescued Alexander Selkirk, a former crewmate who may have inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Dampier has received more than 485,363 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 67th most popular explorer.

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Among explorers, William Dampier ranks 67 out of 367Before him are Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, John Davis, Jules Dumont d'Urville, James Clark Ross, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, and Hugh Glass. After him are Richard E. Byrd, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Alonso de Ojeda, Sacagawea, and Vicente Yáñez Pinzón.

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Among people born in 1651, William Dampier ranks 5Before him are Margaret Theresa of Spain, Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, François Fénelon, and Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus. After him are Natalya Naryshkina, Engelbert Kaempfer, Charles II, Elector Palatine, Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld, Madame d'Aulnoy, William VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, and Joseph Vaz. Among people deceased in 1715, William Dampier ranks 7Before him are Louis XIV of France, Nicolas Malebranche, Dom Pérignon, Thomas Savery, François Fénelon, and Antoine Galland. After him are Marie Mancini, Pu Songling, Gülnuş Sultan, Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Charlotte Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and François Girardon.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William Dampier ranks 592 out of 5,347Before him are Bruce Dickinson (1958), Wilkie Collins (1824), John Gurdon (1933), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), Peter Greenaway (1942), and H. Rider Haggard (1856). After him are Benjamin Graham (1894), John Harrison (1693), Oliver Heaviside (1850), Philippa of Lancaster (1360), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), and Gladwyn Jebb (1900).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, William Dampier ranks 13Before him are John Smith (1580), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), William Baffin (1584), John Davis (1550), and James Clark Ross (1800). After him are Thomas Cavendish (1560), Robert FitzRoy (1805), George Vancouver (1757), Mary Kingsley (1862), Samuel Wallis (1728), and Alexander Mackenzie (1764).