(East Coker, Gran Bretaña, 1652 - Londres, Gran Bretaña, 1715)
"William Dampier (East Coker Somerset, 5 de septiembre, bautismo, 1652 - Londres, marzo 1715) fue un capitán de barco inglés, ocasional bucanero y corsario, que también fue un excelente escritor, botánico y observador científico."
"William Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651; died March 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian, as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Sir Walter Raleigh and James Cook. After impressing the Admiralty with his book A New Voyage Round the World, Dampier was given command of a Royal Navy ship and made important discoveries in western Australia, before being court-martialled for cruelty. On a later voyage he rescued Alexander Selkirk, a former crewmate who may have inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Others influenced by Dampier include James Cook, Horatio Nelson, Charles Darwin, and Alfred Russel Wallace."