William Dampier, Pirate Scientist

It might seem odd to speak in the same breath of piracy and science; of the violent tales of buccaneer adventures and of the growth of enlightenment modes of knowledge,” writes historian Anna Neil. But perhaps this is not so bizarre, she argues: “Since at least [Francis] Drake’s time, buccaneers had been identified as circumnavigators, colonialists and explorers as much as swashbucklers and murderers.”

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