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A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Diana Preston

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind von Diana Preston

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Diana Preston


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Zusammenfassung

Diana and Michael Preston tell the rip-roaring swashbuckler about a forgotton 17th century English hero who started as a poor buccaneer, but became a famed round-the-world explorer who made many unique discoveries.

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Zusammenfassung

A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Diana Preston

In 1676, William Dampier started his career as a buccaneer preying on ships on the Spanish Main and struggling through the impenetrable jungle of the Isthmus of Panama in search of gold. He could easily have ended up on the gallows. Poor and obscure yet determined to sail the world and to make his fortune, he was to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe three times. He had a uniquely questing and, in Coleridge's words, 'exquisite' mind, and recorded with passion and dedication all that he discovered about the new world around him. Among his many extraordinary and pioneering achievements, Dampier mapped the winds and the currents of the world's oceans for the first time. He landed in Australia eighty years before Cook and brought back the first scientific specimens. He inspired Darwin a hundred and fifty years later with his notes on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and elsewhere. He wrote the first bestselling travel books, which influenced Defoe's ROBINSON CRUSOE and Swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, and enriched the English language with many new words, from 'barbecue', 'avocado' and 'chopsticks' to 'sub-species'. A curious man in a curious age, once courted by Samue

Über Diana Preston

Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor; A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole; The Boxer Rebellion and Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania. Michael Preston, Diana Preston?s husband, read English at Oxford University and is now an historian and traveller.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

In 1676, William Dampier started his career as a buccaneer preying on ships on the Spanish Main and struggling through the impenetrable jungle of the Isthmus of Panama in search of gold. He could easily have ended up on the gallows. Poor and obscure yet determined to sail the world and to make his fortune, he was to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe three times. He had a uniquely questing and, in Coleridge's words, 'exquisite' mind, and recorded with passion and dedication all that he discovered about the new world around him. Among his many extraordinary and pioneering achievements, Dampier mapped the winds and the currents of the world's oceans for the first time. He landed in Australia eighty years before Cook and brought back the first scientific specimens. He inspired Darwin a hundred and fifty years later with his notes on the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands and elsewhere. He wrote the first bestselling travel books, which influenced Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Swift's Gulliver's Travels, and enriched the English language with many new words, from 'barbecue', 'avocado' and 'chopsticks' to 'sub-species'. A curious man in a curious age, once courted by Samuel Pepys as John Evelyn but now all but forgotten in his native country, William Dampier combined a swashbuckling life of adventure with pioneering scientific achievements. In A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind, Diana and Michael Preston reveal, in a compelling narrative, the story of a uniquely English hero.

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GOR001809219
9780385607056
0385607059
A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind Diana Preston
Gebraucht - Sehr Gut
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Transworld Publishers Ltd
2004-07-05
288
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