Woodes Rogers

(c. 1679—1732) privateer and colonial governor

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

William Dampier (1652—1715) buccaneer and explorer


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(d. 1732), commander of a privateering expedition (1708–11) in which Dampier was pilot, and in the course of which Selkirk was discovered on the island of Juan Fernandez. This was among the incidents described in his entertaining journal, A Cruizing Voyage round the world (1712).

From The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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