William Dampier was a British buccaneer, explorer, and map-maker. When he was a teen he sailed to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Then he sailed to Australia, New Guinea, southeast Asia, and the South Seas, charting the coastlines, rivers, and currents for the British Admiralty. He also has a detailed journal, noting native cultures, the first noted typhoon, and other discoveries he made during his voyages. He discovered and named New Britain, near New Guinea.