Portrait of Dampier holding his book, a painting by Thomas Murray (c. 1697–1698)
|Born||Baptised 5 September 1651
East Coker, Somerset, England
|Died||March 1715 (aged 64)
|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.