William Dampier

(1652—1715) buccaneer and explorer

Related Overviews


Alexander Selkirk (1676—1721) mariner, castaway, and probable source of inspiration for the character Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe


See all related overviews in Oxford Index » »


'William Dampier' can also refer to...

Sir William Cecil Dampier Dampier (1867—1952) scientist and agriculturist

Sir William Dampier Deakin (1913—2005) special operations officer, historian, and college head


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Maritime History


Quick Reference


English explorer and adventurer. In 1683 he set out on a privateering expedition from Panama, crossing the Pacific to the Philippines, China, and Australia before eventually reaching England again in 1691. In 1699 he was commissioned by the British government to explore the NW coast of Australia and circumnavigated the globe again, despite being shipwrecked on Ascension Island on the way home.

Subjects: Maritime History.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »