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Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Google Books — Loading Local Book Search. Swap 4 want. Popular covers see all 4 covers. Rating Average: 3. It is as white as Mil, and as sot as Cream and the Taste very delicious to those that are accustomed to them. But those who have not been used to eating them will dislike them at first because they smell like roasted Onions. He gives such a detailed account of the physiology and habits of the manatee that I thought he must have been a naturalist as well as a pirate.
Consider him a scholar-pirate.
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He is not always good with the native people he encounters. The people he meets in Central America rescued his party of unfortunate travelers more than once. I must confess the Indians assisted us very much, and I question whether we would have ever got over without their assistance, because they brought us from time to time to their Plantations, where we always got Provision, which otherwise we should have wanted. While he has little but praise for the native people of Central America he is horrified by the people he finds in Australia. The Inhabitants of this Country are the miserablest People in the World.
And setting aside their Human Shape, they differ little from Brutes.
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However, it is easy for me to see why descriptions of encounters like this one must have captured the interest of the reading public back home in England. Defoe and Swift both probably read him with their 17th century highlighters in-hand. Dampier is much more sympathetic with his portrayal of the Painted Prince, a slave from the South Pacific who is entrusted to him on his voyage home to England.
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The Painted Prince became something of a celebrity once he reached England due to the tattoos which covered most of his body. Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes ends as it began with a series of near death misadventures. In the opening section Dampier travels on land where he is rescued by native people while in the closing section he travels on the open sea where he is rescued by providence.
Luckily for both him and his readers, he survived to a comfortable retirement spent writing books about his adventures.
Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes (Penguin Great Journeys)
Skip to content William Dampier spent the last part of the 17th century travelling around the world three times, by accident. While he has little but praise for the native people of Central America he is horrified by the people he finds in Australia The Inhabitants of this Country are the miserablest People in the World. Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading