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08/06/1652 English explorer William Dampier is born


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William Dampier is known mainly for his exploration of the Australian coast. He was the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. On one of his voyages, he rescued Alexander Selkirk, a former crewmate who may have inspired Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. Dampier published many natural history observations, including a European description of a typhoon.
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