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William Dampier was a polymath and has been described as a pirate, buccaneer, explorer, commercial trader and scientist. His theories on winds and currents first written about by him in the seventeenth century and promulgated in his printed works were very prescient and although known of in the practical application by sailors, he was amongst the first to publish the science. This chart illustrates the movement of the trade winds throughout the seasons.

Published in his 1701 account of his circumnavigation of the world.

The cartographer was Herman Moll, London based and long-term supplier of charts for Dampier.

Copperplate engraving.

146 x 296 mm. (Ruled line).

. . . General & Coasting TRADE-Winds in the ATLANTICK & INDIAN OCEANS.

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