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William Dampier
Oil on canvas portrait of Dampier holding a book
Portrait of Dampier holding his book, a painting by Thomas Murray (c. 1697–1698)
Born Baptised 5 September 1651
Died March 1715 (aged 64)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Privateer and explorer
Known for Exploring and mapping Australia, Circumnavigation

William Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651; died March 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of Australia. He was the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. On one voyage he rescued Alexander Selkirk, a sailor who may have inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

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