Tagged with William Dampier

English Navigators

I’ve come across the term ‘Waggoner’ a few times in relation to late 17th century/early 18th century navigation, in particular I think it was when William Dampier helped steal the Spanish galleon treasure ship, and they found the ‘Spanish Waggoner’ which was worth more than gold dust, a detailed map of the South Seas that … Continue reading

A Cross Country Trek

This is William Dampier’s account of his journey from the Pacific Coast to The Caribbean after being forced to scuttle their ship to escape the Spaniards after they had done a few raids.  This journey may well be one of the most important overland trips ever undertaken – Dampier was in the company of Scottish surgeon … Continue reading

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Somerset

Slavery & Abolition Sites – Somerset

Wrington Home of  Hannah More (1745-1833) poet playwright and social campaigner, called ‘the Prelate in petticoats’. Wrington was also the birthplace of John Locke (1632-1704) philospher was born in a small cottage adjoining the north side of the church, his mother’s family home. Frome ‘An Essay on the Abolition of Slavery Throughout the British Dominions Without Injury to the Master … Continue reading