William Dampier

William Dampier (1651-1715), British naval officer sent by the British Admiralty to explore the east coast of Australia and New Guinea in 1699. He sailed along the east and south coasts of the island of New Ireland and through the strait, which now bears his name, between the main island of New Guinea and the island of New Britain. His detailed description of New Britain aroused the interest of both the British and the French.

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