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This review is from: A Pirate Of Exquisite Mind: The Life Of William Dampier (Paperback)
What an interesting book. William Dampier was an extraordinary man. I really enjoyed reading about his adventures. It gives a fascinating insight into the hardships and difficulties faced by mariners in the seventeenth century. Dampier took part in sea battles, land engagements with the Spanish, attacks on fortified coastal settlements as well as skirmishes with hostile inhabitants on remote islands. The ships he sailed in often leaked and had to be constantly repaired, they ran out of food and water, survived storms at sea, the crews mutinied, individuals were marooned or left behind, there was double dealing and treachery. It's a wonder William Dampier survived to tell the tale. On top of this he recorded in great detail his observations on flora, fauna, native peoples, the weather and topography. His papers were carried with him wherever he went. At one point he puts them in a hollow bamboo tube and stops the ends with wax to protect them whilst crossing through tropical rain forests and wading through raging rivers etc. An amazing story. Well worth a read.