|Birth Day||March 16, 1774|
|Age||245 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||Jun 19, 1814 (age 40)|
Daniel Defoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe convinced him to dedicate his life to sea exploration.
His book, A Voyage to Terra Australis, became a popular read after his death.
He married Ann Chappelle in 1801. His father, also named Matthew, was a surgeon.
Early in his career, he voyaged to Tahiti under the leadership of Captain william Bligh.