William Dampier

Pirates in Panama History

William Dampier was an Englishmen and was considered one of the most intelligent buccaneer, (in addition to being a navigator, he was also a hydrographer) who tormented the Spanish in the South Seas from 1680 to 1720. Dampier and Lionel Wafer crossed the Isthmus of Panama in 1680, capturing a Spanish ship, they proceeded to  raid the Spanish settlements on the coast of South America. After splitting up with Wafer, he crossed the Pacific where he were he continued to harass the Spanish the East Indies. During his lifetime as a privateer, he circumnavigating of the world three times. 

Dampier was one of those few, educated buccaneers which wrote some very important books of their time. He published "A New Voyage Around the World" in 1697, the subtitle best illustrates its content: "...Describing the world, describing particularly, the Isthmus of America, several coasts and islands in the West Indies...The South Sea coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico.". In 1699 he published another book, "Voyage to New Holland" (Australia). This one described his exploration of Australia and the surrounding Islands.
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Bruce C. Ruiz
August 22, 2002