What an interesting topic! I think it's very important to recognize Dampier's contributions to natural and social history, navigation, and exploration within the context of the role of pirates/privateers in the expansion of the British Empire. That is to say, although Dampier and other privateers left important and highly detailed records of their journeys and the geography, peoples, and biotic diversity they observed, they did so not for the sake of the pursuit of knowledge but in a peculiar position between naval power and banditry.
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A recent discussion on the relative merits of private anti piracy services, especially in the Indian Ocean, is a timely reminder of the 300th anniversary of the death of William Dampier in March.
The Australian Association for Maritime History is commemorating Dampier's life and exploration of the west coast of Australia with a special volume of The Great Circle. The AAMH is also collaborating with the WA Maritime Museum with one of a series of lectures by member Bob Sexton at the Museum on 20 March.
Coriolis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Maritime Studies has just published its latest
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