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    DescriptionSeventeenth-century pirate genius William Dampier sailed around the world three times when crossing the Pacific was a major feat, was the first explorer to visit all five continents, and reached Australia eighty years before Captain Cook. His exploits created a sensation in Europe. Swift and Defoe used his experiences in writing "Gulliver's Travels" and "Robinson Crusoe." Darwin incorporated his concept of "sub-species" into the theory of evolution. Dampier's description of breadfruit was the impetus for Captain Bligh's voyage on the "Bounty." He was so influential that today he has more than one thousand entries in the Oxford English Dictionary, including such words as chopsticks, barbecue, and kumquat. Anthropologists still use his work.

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    A Pirate of Exquisite Mind
    The Life of William Dampier: Explorer, Naturalist, and Buccaneer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Diana Preston, By (author) Michael Preston
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    ISBN 13: 9780425200377
    ISBN 10: 042520037X

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, RGR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC21: 910.92
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    B&T Approval Code: A19200000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO023000, HIS010000, HIS027150
    B&T Approval Code: A60320000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
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    LC classification: G246.D17 P74 2005
    Edition statement
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin USA
    Publication date
    21 March 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London, England. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45 Rebellion and A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole.